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Fresno Woman Still In Contention To Colonize Mars

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

 A woman who grew up in the valley is one–step closer to being part of the first colony on Mars.

35–year–old Kenya Armbrister is a 1996 graduate of McLane High School.

Since then, she has earned two masters, speaks 3 languages, worked and traveled all over the world, including 'The White House', Congress and the European Parliament.

However, her next mission, she hopes to be part of the first human colony on the red planet.

Armbrister was one of 200,000 worldwide who sent in applications applying to go to Mars in 2025.

She is now one of only 1,058 worldwide who have made the cut.

Kenya Armbrister says, "Just always been interested to see what's out there beyond Earth, to be the first human being to step on Mars and colonize it, why not."

But it is a one–way ticket.

Armbrister says, "Yup, yup, but I'm ready. My parents and pretty much everyone I've told support me."

The venture, organized by Mars One, based in the Netherlands, is backed by several aerospace companies including SpaceX and Lockheed Martin.

It's privately funded, and its creators hope to garner donations from the public through their website, www.mar–one.com, and ultimately by creating a reality show type program where people will be able to vote for their favorite candidates.

With proper planning the journey would take around 7 months just to reach the red planet.

Once there, the colonists would have to survive, frequent sub–zero temperatures, radiation, and an unbreathable atmosphere.

What does dad think about the one–way trip?

Edmund Armbrister says, "I'd be just exuberant when the spaceship takes off and my baby's in it. I have a telescope at night and I'd say that's where my baby is. As we progress in society and technology these things will happen, the future is now our present."

Armbrister just got her medical test results back and she's a go.

A go, she hopes for all humanity.

Armbrister says, "I believe its going to be successful, if I didn't believe that this wouldn't be possible I would never go."

Over the next two years, the 1,058 candidates will be dwindled down to a group of about 40.

Those selected will train in groups for about 7 years, and if everything goes according to plan, a global audience will then vote on which team will blast off to the red planet in 2025.

The entire project expected to cost around 6–billion dollars.

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