‘Sort of a patience test’

I interviewed Darlene last month after she heard from Mars One that she made it to the second round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Program. She got a hold of me again to share some more exciting news.

Click on https://meghan80.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/almost-a-chance-to-start-over/ to read the first article that appeared in the Herald & Tribune.

Denis moves forward in Mars One mission quest

Published Feb. 11, 2014 in the Herald & Tribune

Jonesborough resident Darlene Denis has been notified that she has made it to the next round, the interview process, which carries her one step closer to traveling to the planet Mars.

The Mars One Astronaut Selection Program was a mission plan devised in 2011 by Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2023.

“I submitted my medical statement yesterday (Feb. 3) and Mars One Chief Medical Officer Dr. Norbert Kraft has qualified me for an interview with the Mars One selection committee sometime during, after April 2014,” she said.

In order for Denis to be considered for the interview round, she had to pass a general physical.

“You can’t have any ongoing medical issues or ongoing prescription requirements,” she said, because participants cannot take a lifetime supply of medications with them to Mars.

Denis went to Dry Creek Medical Center in Erwin for her physical.

She said the general physical, which had to be submitted by March 8, included a vision exam and what would be considered an occupational physical.

“I didn’t want to wait until last minute,” she said. “Once I had it done and got my labs back Monday, I submitted everything.”

Since she had done her own medical care for the past 10 years because she rarely gets sick, she was happy with the “healthy” results.

“I get a little cold here or there and I try to eat good for the most part,” Denis said. “When I got all the tests back, I was pretty happy about that.”

Now the waiting game begins until she receives a call for the interview, which Denis believes is a test of the candidates’ patience.

“I think it has kind of become a pattern to leave us in the dark or leave us waiting. I think it’s sort of a patience test,” she said.

So far, all she knows is the interviews will be done on a regional basis sometime in April or thereafter. Mars One has not revealed if the interview will be done in person or through a Skype connection.

“I have no idea at all what the content will be or who I will be meeting with, with the selection committee,” she said.

There has been discussion that parts of the interview may be broadcasted or given to media outlets to use.

Denis encourages individuals to research Mars One and support it in any way they can.

“I’m still meeting people who have never heard about it,” she said.

Those who are interested in following her journey can do so through http://www.Facebook.com/Dar.Denis or http://www.Twitter.com/DarleneDenis.

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