Zaskia Antelo, chosen to be the first Bolivian to go to Mars!

Margarita Palacios reports for El Deber:

[excerpt follows, original article at the end of this portion of this post]

Bolivian aspiring to go to Mars wants to be a mother there and be back in 30 years

The Bolivian Zaskia Antelo was chosen among 202,586 youth who participated in the Mars One project that seeks to live on Mars. Watch the conversation via Skype. [use link below]

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Zaskia Elena Andrea Antelo Mercado, a Santa Cruz 20 years old student of International Relations and Anthropology in the UK, by Skype with El Deber, an interview to discuss her selection as one of the 100 finalists of the Dutch project ‘Mars One’ which seeks to create the first human colony on Mars.

To get money, the project will make a reality show to help people choose 24 candidates. Subsequently, they will begin to train and will be sent to ‘Red Planet’ in teams of four people every two years, starting in 2024.

[the following excerpt pertains only to the interview to Zaskia, made by Natasha Umer, BuzzFeed. The whole post can be seen using the link below]

These Three People Told Us Why They Were Chosen To Go To Mars

Three candidates told us exactly what they had to do to make it through the latest Mars One selection round. Spoiler: It wasn’t much.

Mars One is trying to send four people on a one-way trip to the Red Planet by 2025. And one of the ways they plan to fund the project is through a reality show documenting the process.

Over 200,000 people applied, even though they’d never be able to return to Earth. Mars One just announced the final 100 candidates. BuzzFeed spoke to three hopefuls to find out more about the mission

Meet 20-year-old Zaskia Elena Andrea Antelo Mercado. “I’d rather die in adventure than live my whole life doing nothing,” she says.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 9.24.32 AMMercado [BuzzFeed uses her second last name, Zaskia Antelo Mercado, as that is how some countries use] is a metal fan who is originally from Bolivia. Her adventures brought her to China, where she studied with kung fu masters. Right now, she’s studying international relations and anthropology at the University of Sussex in England.

[Antelo] Mercado’s strongest motivation for going to Mars seems to be her love of learning, but she’s unsure if she’ll be able to learn things like medicine and engineering within 10 years. “I don’t think I’m ready to be the first crew,” Mercado told BuzzFeed.

She stresses, though, that she is not afraid of dying because of her belief in reincarnation.

According to [Antelo] Mercado, Mars One hopes to fund the project by selling products. “Right now, they are selling mugs,” she said. Besides merchandise revenue, the team is asking for donations. “[Unlike NASA] we are not taking anyone’s taxes,” she said. “NASA is doing it for politics to show that the USA is competitive.”

She says, “I didn’t expect to actually pass because of my English.”

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 9.29.38 AM[Antelo] Mercado says she initially had to fill out an application, answer a few questions, and then wait to hear back from the team in three to six months.

In the second round, Mercado had to send them a signed statement from a doctor proving that she was physically and mentally healthy. Around 600 people passed the test.
The final round, which narrowed the pool down to 100, involved a one-on-one interview via video chat with Norbert Kraft, M.D., a psychologist who worked on long-duration space flight research for NASA. The interview lasted 11 minutes, and it included technical questions about the rover. “My English went away. I got really nervous,” she said.

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