London, Feb 17:Three Indians have been shortlisted to go to Mars in 2024, along with 97 other people. Among the three, two are women. Incidentally, these applicants will be in their next round of an ambitious private mission that aims to send them to Mars in 2024.
According to an announcement by the Netherlands-based non-profit organisation Mars One, out of the initial 202,586 applicants, only 100 applicants have been selected to proceed the next round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Process. The project aims to set up a human colony on Mars, for which around 40 people will be sent to the red planet on a permanent basis. The finalists will be trained for 27 years and the first batch of four will be sent in 2024.
The Indian candidates include 29-year-old Taranjeet Singh Bhatia, studying Doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. The other two are Ritika Singh, 29, who lives in Dubai, and Shradha Prasad, 19, from Kerala.