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One-way trip to Mars, trims candidates to 705

As the ambitious crowd-funded project Mars One narrowed down the candidates for the first Mars colonization to just 705, RT asked two possible trailblazers, one from Quebec and one from Moscow, why they are so determined to take a one-way space ticket. This week, the international “not-for-profit foundation” seeking to establish a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet – Mars One – announced that only 705 of more than 200,000 applicants for the one-way flight to Mars have been left after medical and other tests. “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,” Mars One chief medical officer, Norbert Kraft, said in a statement on the project’s website. Of the shortlisted 418 men and 287 women from all over the world, only six teams of four will be eventually selected, according to the project’s plan. RT’s Matt Trezza asked two of the remaining Mars One candidates, Canada’s Norman Green and Russia’s Anna Popenko, how they have come to terms with that there is no coming back from the mission. See interview via RT News.

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