Warwick University man shortlisted for mission to Mars

A physics researcher from Warwick University has been shortlisted for a proposed one-way mission to Mars.

Dr Keith Evans is a physics researcher at Warwick University Credit: ITV News

Dr Keith Evans is an avid gamer and the 27-year-old told ITV News he would take a portable video games machine with him if selected.

A list of 200,000 applicants has been shortened to 1,058 candidates.

The Mars One project was set up in 2011 by two Dutch men with the goal of establishing permanent human life on the red planet by 2025.

"Of all the Mars missions I've seen announced in my lifetime, Mars One is by far the most technologically and logistically plausible," said Dr Evans.

"The reason for this is, of course, the fact that it is one way and that it is a private endeavour so there is no need for a return vehicle and no politics."

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