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Mars One Mission : Six Canadians, three Indians in the race 

Toronto – Mars One – an experimental project aiming to establish the first human civilization on the red plant, Mars has shortlisted 100 hopefuls, who were shortlisted from the initial 202,586 hopefuls, on a one way trip to the planet. According to the Mars One’s official website, this project will be the “next giant leap for mankind.”

The brainchild behind this experiment is a Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp who intends on making this initiative into a reality TV series. The first unmanned mission will be launched in 2018. Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024. Along with 50 men and 50 women, she has been selected to spend the next 10 years learning everything she needs to know to live on the Red Planet as part of the Mars One project.7

These 100 aspiring candidates are expected to live on the Red Planet as part of the project and have been picked up from all around the world – 39 from the Americas, 31 from Europe, 16 from Asia, seven from Africa, and seven from Oceania. The 16 people from Asia include three Indians as well – 19-year-old girl Sharadha from Kerala, 29-year-old Ritika from Dubai and 29-year-old Taranjeet Singh Bhatia from USA.

The six Canadians include Daniel Benjamin Criger, 28, physics PhD candidate from Waterloo; Karen Louise Cumming, 53, TV journalist from Burlington; Reginald George Foulds, 60, former helicopter pilot from Toronto; Joanna Marjorie Hindle, 42, high school teacher from Whistler; Andreea Lavinia Radulescu, 33, an IT analyst from Toronto; and Susan Higashio Weinreich, 42, a Scout leader from Vancouver. One more Canadian, Jamie Scott Berdahl, 29, of Whitehorse, made the short list, but resigned from the project when he was notified.

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