Mars One 100 Finalists Include 2 Filipinos Who May Live in Mars (Video)

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Mars One has just released the names of the 100 finalists which include two Filipinos who have a chance to be sent to the Red Planet. The Dutch non-profit group plans to start sending the first humans to Mars in 2024, and another set every two years to complete 24 individuals. Watch the trailer video below.

“The large cut in candidates is an important step towards finding out who has the right stuff to go to Mars. These aspiring martians provide the world with a glimpse into who the modern day explorers will be.” Bas Lansdorp, Co-founder & CEO of Mars One, was quoted in the press release of Mars One.

According to Mars One, the 100 hopefuls consist of 50 men and 50 women who were selected from 202,586 applicants. The successful candidates who come from all around the world include 39 Americans, 31 Europeans, 16 Asians, 7 Africans, and the remaining 7 were from Oceania.

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The two Filipino Mars One finalists are Jaymee del Rosario and Minerva Rañeses. According to her profile, Jaymee is a 27-year old US-based entrepreneur and is now taking up a business course. Her business started in 2009 and their main customer is Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

On the other hand, Minerva is 24-year old writer by profession. Based on her profile, she describes herself as an intellectual wanderer who is seeking growth in knowledge and philosophy. “I don’t decide based on monetary or materialistic returns, but on the experience I will garner.” Rañeses wrote.

For the next round, Mars One said that the selection will focus on challenges that will test the 100 finalists all the possible hardships of humans who live in Mars for the rest for their lives. The candidates will be divided into teams and will be required to demonstrate their ability to perform in a team.

Candidates who did not pass the previous selection process can still apply again in new application round that will start in 2015. Once they passed, these applicants will undergo rigid training for a possible replacement to the crew and teams that will be eliminated in the next round.

Mars One believes that with today’s technologies, human settlement in Mars is very much possible. The ability to send humans in Mars aims to inspire generations to believe that all things are possible. The first Mars voyage that will consist of four humans is estimated to cost $6 billion.