外文标题：Ker girl a step away from ticket to Mars
MUMBAI: Ker girl Shradha Prasad's dream of settling down on Mars is inching towards reality, with the 19-year-old from Pkkad qualifying for the final round of sion for the "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".
Her parents' only child, this mechanical engineering student is also the lone candidate based in India to be sed by Netherland-based Mars-One for the fourth round of the astronaut sion process, the organization announced on Monday.
Three other Indians have been sed, of which two are based in the US and one in Dubai.
Speaking to TOI, Shradha, a student of Coimbatore's Amrita University said, "I am keen on settling down on Mars as I have a passion for space sciences and technology. This apart, I also enjoy taking risks and doing something adventurous. The one-way trip to Mars combines the two."
Asked if she was confident of making it into the 24-member crew that will be sed to go to Mars, she replied: "After my success in the third round, my confidence has strengthened. I came to know on February 13 that I had passed. I was ecstatic. But we were not allowed to disclose it.
"It will be tough leaving my family, friends and all my near and dear ones. Yes, I agree it will not be that easy. But, let me not forget that it will be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Asked how her parents view the possibility of their only child permanently settling down on Mars, she said: "They think I am crazy. But, I am known for doing eccentric stuff. So, they are not surprised."
who knows they might be going to the reme corner of the globe and coming back after 1 or 2 years.
if somebody offer acres of land in the moon, people are ready to buy it... such is the craze for publicity
Keralites and cockroaches can be found everywhere.
Keralites are everywhere all over the world, some even joke saying, every child born in Ker comes with a passport. She wanna do something different perhaps, chosen journey to the Mars.
ATTENTION INVESTORS - im offering u a great deal on real estate - clean land on mars - 1000 acres only 1000 rupees. (u can pay by cash, cheque or draft)
THIS IS SO EXCITING - its a one way ticket. no guarantees . will they even reach mars alive??
SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF - our planet is thick with pollution , i hope she finds mars atmosphere better than earth
Congratulations to the girl. She really did India proud. People like you can contribute to popularity of Science in India
I wish her all the best and pray to God that she get's this opportunity and make India proud,..
What if there is any IS on board? Or how about sending all the IS (katuas) to Mars. Or may be the end is near as the Mus ms will kill everyone and the only survivors will be the ones on Mars. i.e. unless a katua is not on board.