About 70 Latin American integrated the thousand of people around the world aproved to the second phase of a long process of selection of the Dutch Foundation Mars One, which intends to send settlers to the red planet since 2025 but without the possibility of return.
Men and women of different ages of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay are willing to stop studying or work in computer science, journalism or medicine, among other areas, to settle on Mars, to 570 million kilometers from Earth.
24 people will be chosen by Mars One hopes to send to Mars, in groups of four astronauts and every two years.
Despite the support of the Dutch Gerard ‘ t Hoofd, Nobel Prize in physics 1999, the Mars One project generates a lot of skepticism. Besides its cost, estimated at 6 billion dollars, the Mars One project, which earlier this year launched a global fundraising campaign, faces numerous obstacles.
After undergoing dangerous cosmic radiation during the long journey, the colonists not may return to Earth, should live in small habitats, find water, produce oxygen and grow their own food. All this on a planet which is a great desert, whose atmosphere is made up of carbon dioxide and where the average temperature is – 63° C. Even so they do not lose enthusiasm.