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Manned mission to Mars delayed by 2 years

LoginRegister@indiatimesLoginRegister@indiatimes WASHINGTON: Mars One’s ambitious mission to send four people to colonize the red planet in 2024, which includes three Indians among its 100 finalists, has been pushed back by two years. Mars One, a Netherlands-based nonprofit, aims to send four people on a one-way trip to the red planet every two years.

Three Indians, 29-year-old Taranjeet Singh Bhatia, who is studying computer science at the University of Central Florida, Ritika Singh, 29, who lives in Dubai, and 19-year-old Shradha Prasad from Kerala, are among the 100 finalists for the Mars mission announced last month. Out of these 100 finalists, 24 will train to go to the red planet.

The four-member crew will now depart for Mars in 2026 and land near the outpost in 2027.

The delay was necessitated by a lack of investment funding, which has slowed work on a robotic precursor mission that Mars One had wanted to send toward the Red Planet in 2018, Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp said. The robotic mission aims to launch a lander and orbiter to Mars, to test out technologies needed for human settlement.

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