Purdue student wants a ticket to Mars

File photo: Purdue University. (WLFI)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) — A Purdue University student is a step closer to a one-way ticket to Mars.

Max Fagin is working on his masters in aerospace engineering and one of about 1,000 finalists in the running to be part of a man-made settlement on the Red Planet by 2025.

The private space exploration group called Mars One is organizing the effort. More than 200,000 people applied for a spot.

Fagin said he’s qualified and ready.

“This is something that I have literally been preparing for my entire life,” he said.  “So when you’ve spent your entire life building up the set of skills which are needed to go to Mars, I think I’m quite fit for the competition at the moment.”

As an undergrad, Fagin, a Colorado native, majored in physics, astronomy, and mechanical engineering.

He said he also completed an internship with NASA.

He said his parents are on board – figuratively.

“They know that this is the one thing I want more than anything else,” he said.

The next phase in the application process is an interview and psychological profile later this month.

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