Local man aiming to simulate life on Mars

Andy Gray with his certificate
Andy Gray with his certificate

A Peterhead man has been selected as one of 62 semi-finalists for a mission to study how humans would survive on Mars.

Andy Gray is one of three people from the UK and the only person from Scotland to make the shortlist for the project organised by The Mars Society.

If selected as one of the 18 finalists, Andy will have the opportunity to travel to the Canadian Arctic in August to participate in a two week Mars simulation at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island which is located less than 1,000 miles from the North Pole as part of one of three groups.

This will give finalists an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the habitat, tools, equipment and logistics involved in FMARS operations.

One of the three groups will then be chosen for a one year mission which will begin in July next year.

Speaking about the mission, Andy said: “This will be the first dry run to see how humans can survive day-to-day on Mars.

“I have a background in engineering so I applied to the programme with a hope to help with repairs, keep the facility up and running and help redesign the electronic quad bike we will be supplied with to make it easier to repair while wearing a spacesuit.”

Andy added: “I had been following it for a while so decided to apply and I am extremely surprised to get this far. It will certainly put Peterhead on the space map.”