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Two Spanish men through to next round of Mars emigration programme
19 February 2015 @ 10:17

TWO Spaniards have passed the tough selection tests to be sent to Mars in three years' time in as part of a plan to colonise and populate the red planet.

A total of 202,586 candidates from all over the world signed up for the Mars One scheme, and only 100 - 50 men and 50 women - have made it through to the third round.

Of these, two are from Spain.

Ángel, 39, is a solar energy engineer and Pablo, 37, a graduate in physics with a PhD in chemical engineering.

Both say they are fascinated by science and technology, regularly practise sport and are good teamworkers.

They both speak English and say they believe the future of the human race is 'beyond our borders'.

To get through to the third and final round, they had to undergo rigorous physical tests, mental agility tests, interviews, and show how they felt they could contribute to the colonisation plan.

Now, they will undertake training to learn the skills they will need once living in the man-made colony.

An unmanned mission will take place in 2018, and crews of four will be sent up every two years from the year 2024.


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