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Would you go on a one way trip to Mars?

What a human base on Mars might look like Credit: Mars One

Could you leave your family, friends, everything behind to put your name in the history books?

Over 200 thousand people applied to be among the first members of the human race to go to Mars.

That number has been whittled down to 100, all wanting to trek in the final frontier.

Hannah Earnshaw could be heading on a one way to Mars Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham University student Hannah Earnshaw is one of them.

The 22-year-old has been shortlisted for the Mars One mission to set up a permanent presence more 50 million km from Earth.

On the up side she could help create the first human colony on Mars. On the down side she will never be able to come home.

It will be a one trip as the limited technology will only be able to get them to the red planet.

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Student could make one way trip to Mars

Journey to Mars will probably be a one way trip Credit: Mars One

From the initial 202,586 applicants, only 100 hopefuls have been selected to proceed to the next round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Process.

Only eight of them are from the UK, including 22-year-old Durham student Hannah Earnshaw.

The candidates are one step closer to becoming the first humans on Mars. There is one drawback however, the mission is one way.

The spacecraft that will take them to the red planet has not yet been built, but it is very unlikely it will have to capability to make it back home.

Despite the drawbacks, Hannah remains excited by the challenge ahead.

"I am optimistic about the mission in general," says Hannah, "which is to establish a home on another planet. And the candidates that go there will make a home for themselves, and life for themselves.

"It's not some kind of exile. It's a new start."


Student shortlisted to become Mars pioneer

Hannah Earnshaw could be heading to Mars on a pioneering mission through space Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hannah Earnshaw has spent most of her life looking to the stars. Her passion brought her to Durham University where she is studying for a PhD in astro physics. But she hopes her enthusiasm for space will take her much further.

The 22-year-old has made the shortlist of 100 candidates out of 200 thousand applicants for a place on a mission to Mars.

Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees last year, Hannah said: "I have always been amazed by how much there is to study in space, and how amazing and complex and beautiful it all is.

"I am excited to be part of a big multi national, multi cultural, multi racial mission to push the boundaries of human achievement."

The organisation behind this ambitious project is Mars One. The Dutch company plans to set up a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2024.


Clegg: "It is crucial that we invest properly in education"

The Government has announced that 16 North East schools will benefit from a £140 million grant under the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:

?It is crucial that we invest properly in education, so that every child has a fair start in life.

Thousands of pupils will benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this ?funding.

Children can't learn and teachers can't teach in schools that are cold and have leaking roofs.

To create a stronger economy we have to invest in a fairer society so that our young people can be successful in the future.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

North East schools to get £140m facelift

Dinnington First School in Newcastle is one of 16 North East schools to benefit from the Flagship Priority School Building Programme Credit: Dinnington First School

Sixteen schools across the North East will see their buildings either rebuilt or refurbished under a new government scheme.

The schools, which include Vane Road Primary School in Durham and Dinnington First School in Newcastle, will benefit from a £140 million grant as part of the Flagship Priority School Building Programme.

Durham Free School threaten to take Government to court over closure

School threatening to take the Government to court over plans to close it Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A Christian school in Durham is threatening to take the Government to court unless the Education Secretary removes herself from the decision over their closure.

Nicky Morgan says she wants to close Durham Free School after inspectors found it was failing in a number of areas, including homophobic bullying.

But the school says she is biased against them, and wants another minister to decide its fate.

In a statement Ms Morgan she said the school is failing to provide the quality of education expected.

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