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Thursday, June 21, 2007 

Want To Go To Mars? Space Agency Is Taking Applications

If you don't smoke and if you have 520 days to spare in isolation, then you have a chance!

PARIS — If you are a European or Canadian with planetary vision, want to be on space exploration's cutting edge and don't get bored easily, the European Space Agency may be looking for you.

The agency needs volunteers for a simulated mission to Mars, one of the most challenging space experiments ever.

Despite rigorous conditions — up to 520 days in “extreme isolation and confinement” — competition will be stiff, with more than 2,000 applications received in two days for only 12 spots, project manager Jennifer Ngo-Anh said Thursday.

“The reaction has been really overwhelming. My mailbox is full,” Ms. Ngo-Anh said in a telephone interview.

Elaine Ganley
Associated Press
June 21, 2007

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