One Kiwi dad is still in the running to be one of the selected people to live on Mars. .
Iranian-born Saeed Ghandhari is among 100 people who have been selected from 200,000 other applicants. The prize is a one-way trip to Mars.
Ghandhari, 35 – who works in a contact centre by day and a halal butchery in Auckland by night – is now trying to get into the final group of 40 people selected for the training phase of the project.
He has just been told he will next year join a 10-strong group of international hopefuls who will compete for a final spot on the journey.
The Mars One project is a crowd-funded venture conceived by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp. It aims to create the most spectacular reality TV show ever by putting a human colony on Mars in 10 years’ time.
The next selection round will focus on choosing teams which could withstand the hardships of a permanent settlement on Mars.
Once the pool of 40 final candidates is selected they will undergo a training in special isolation chambers. If they pass that test, they will then be given a comprehensive, knowledge-based interview.