Saskatoon men get call for Mars trip chat
“It’s an unprecedented adventure and I want to see how far I can take it,” said Semenoff, an army comba tiffanys t engineer.More than 200,000 people applied to leave Earth behind when Mars One, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, opened a call for applicants last spring. After that number was whittled down to 1,058 in December, shortlisted applicants were required to get a medical statement of health and create a public profile on the organization’s website.The 705 who completed those tasks including 56 Canadians now move to the interview stage.Successful interviewees will be placed on four person teams to take part in full time training.”I will most definitely make time for it if I need to,” said Cooper, a third year tiffanys political studies student at the University of Saskatchewan who grew up in Nunavut.”I would never pass down an opportunity to belong to something so nec tiffanys essary but also so awesome and exciting.”he said. Semenoff, who works fulltime, said he’s also ready to commit to the required training.”I’m prepared to take that next step,” he said. “I’ve got measures taken to ensure I can make it into the next round.”An interview schedulehas not been released. Mars One is talking with media companies about televising the interviews.”Once the television deal is finalized and the interviews begin, the stories of the 705 aspiring Martians will be shared with the world,” the organization promises.For Semenoff, the prospect of his interview being shared with millions of people is a daunting one.”I’m not a big one for publicity,” he said, adding that he’ll still go through the process if it gets him one step closer to Mars.Cooper, on the other hand, is elated.”I can’t wait to be on television,” he said. “I love talking about this opportunity.” Semenoff said his 14 yearold son is supportive of his efforts to leave the planet, while Cooper said his family is deliberately not voicing an opinion on his application.”They’re patiently waiting for either a yes or a no answer from Mars One before they share how they feel about it with me,” he said.Mars One has not said how many people will advance through the first interview process.more Video: National Day of HonourTuition hike of 3.8 per cent for U of R studentsBy raising tuition, reducing administrative costs and eliminating vacant senior positions the University of Regina balanced its 2014 15 operating budget for the 20th consecutive tiffanys year. The U of R Board of Governors approved the more than $200 million budget on Thursday.