Mars One Project
Four South Africans are among the 100 hopefuls who have made it through to round three of the Mars One human settlement mission.
The countdown for a one-way trip to the Red Planet has begun and several South Africans want to go.
Florence Porcel, a Frenchwoman living in Paris, would give anything to live on Mars, saying she has always felt "a bit cramped on Earth".
Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.