Leeds man in bid to join Mars colony

An artists' impression of the Mars One settlement

An artists' impression of the Mars One settlement

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A one-way ticket to Mars isn’t on most people’s bucket list, but one man from Leeds might just be on his way.

Forklift truck driver Jason Turner has made it through to the final 705 candidates for the Mars One mission, which plans to build the first human colony on the Red Planet from 2025.

More than 200,000 people around the world applied to get involved, and the numbers have been whittled down in a stringent process, which will eventually see the chosen few get seven years of specialist training to set them up for their new life 300 million miles away.

 

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