One way mission to Mars shortlist includes Brits

Vying for a literal trip of a lifetime, five Brits are amongst the 100 shortlisted candidates for a one way mission to inhabit Mars. 

The project, which aims to have a permanent colony on

The surface of Mars.
The surface of Mars.

the red planet by 2024 is privately funded and some way off its £3.9 billion target, but the mission has captured the imagination of many.

The whole process is being filmed for a reality TV series, reminiscent of the Kim Stanley Robinson novels, which also chart the colonisation of Mars.

A 23 year old astronomy student is among those selected as well as an astrophysics student, an Oxford University student, a science laboratory technician and a systems integration manager for Virgin Media.

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