1 from Louisiana on list of 100 who could go to Mars
BATON ROUGE - An LSU student was cut from a list of 100 who are competing at a chance to get a one-way ticket to Mars.
Randy Paylor, a hydrogeologist and PhD Candidate at LSU was one of 705 people who made an initial cut from 200,000 candidates who applied for the mission. Paylor was one of four people from Louisiana who wanted a chance at heading to the Red Planet. All but one were taken off the list.
Dr. Andrea Megan Stancin, 44, remained in the latest round. Stancin, an engineer and oceanographer, said she's wanted to be an astronaut since she was a child. Click HERE to learn more about her.
The mission would blast off in 2024 and those headed to Mars would never return to earth.
"A lot of people say I can't understand why you would ever go to Mars, even live their permanently," Paylor said in an interview with WBRZ in August. "I can't understand why people wouldn't want to go."