APakistani is among 100 candidates chosen to train for a one-way trip to Mars.
Sixty-year old Reginald Foulds, served as a helicopter pilot in the PAF. He moved to Canada with his wife at the age of 42.
Eventually, the 100 candidates will be whittled down to 24 to make groups of four which Mars One, a Dutch not-for-profit
company, is going to send on a one-way journey to the Red Planet, which lies a minimum of 55 million kilometres — six months’ travel — from Earth.
The group behind the endeavour hopes to use existing technology to fulfill the mission. However, the Red Planet has always been a complicated place for exploration with only half of the unmanned missions ever succeeding.
The mission is expected to take approximately seven months and a recent MIT study found that even if the space junkies succeeded in landing, they would only survive for 68 days using current technology. The system will have 60 buses initially and will cost Rs 34 billion.
The entire length i.e. 8.6 km of the Metro Bus corridor in Rawalpindi area will be elevated while about 14 km in Islamabad will follow different gradients. The route will be signalfree. There will be 10 stations in Rawalpindi and 14 in Islamabad. There will be ticketing booths, concourse level passenger transfer escalators, platform screen doors, turnstiles for automatic fare collection and various other amenities for passenger convenience. A central control room is also included in the project.