Los Osos native Spencer Harris has moved on to the next round of a selection process being conducted by a nonprofit organization to send four colonists to the planet Mars in the next decade.
The Mars One project announced the elimination of 353 hopefuls from around the world, reducing the remaining candidates from 1,058 to 705.
Mars One is a nonprofit made up of an international team of coordinators and technical advisers. The group hopes to raise $6 billion to fund the one-way mission to Mars in 2024.
Harris, a Mission Prep graduate who attends Northern Arizona University, hopes to make the voyage to learn firsthand about the history, geology and science on the red planet.
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Harris and others now will interview with the selection committee, which will assess their “knowledge, intelligence, adaptability, and personality,” according to Norbert Kraft, Mars One’s chief medical officer.