To Mars

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

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.

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