Doha 07th May 2014: Three Qatari residents have been shortlisted in the round two of Mars One astronaut selection process.
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that aims to establish permanent human life on Mars by 2023.
The program received 202,586 applications from around the world from those who seeking to be among the first humans ever to land on Red Planet and live there for the rest of their lives.
Applicants were asked to complete two tasks in March to be qualified for round two: to provide a medical statement of health from their physician and to open their online Mars One applicant profile to the public. A total of 705 candidates were selected for the next phase and will be interviewed by the Mars One selection committee.
Seven other Gulf residents, three from Saudi Arabia, three from UAE and one from Oman were also shortlisted for the personal interview for the ‘one-way ticket’ to Mars.
“We’re incredibly excited to start the next phase of Round 2, where we begin to better understand our candidates who aspire to take such a daring trip. They will have to show their knowledge, intelligence, adaptability and personality,” said Norbert Kraft, Mars One Chief Medical Officer.
After the interview round, the group of candidates will be narrowed down to several international teams and these teams will be prepared for the Mars mission by participating in a full time extensive training program.