Mars one,a non-profit organization that plans to
send humans on a one-way trip to establish a
permanent settlement on Mars in 2023, began
accepting online applications Monday.
“We are very excited about launching the
selection program,” said Bas Landorp, co-founder
and CEO of the Netherlands-based group, in a
statement announcing the start of the selection
process. “This is an international mission and it is
very important for the project that anyone
anywhere can ask themselves: Do I want this?
Am I ready for this? If the answer is yes then we
want to hear from you.”
The program is looking for applicants 18 and
older “who are both mature and interesting,” but
there is no requirement for any particular
academic or professional background, as
astronauts will spend seven years learning all the
skills they need, said a Mars One news release.
Norbert Kraft, Mars One’s chief medical officer,
said because the mission involves a permanent
settlement, the organization is more concerned
with “how well each astronaut lives and works
with others and their ability to deal with a
lifetime of challenges” than whether they have
traditional astronaut qualities such as bravery or
experience piloting a supersonic jet.
The first round of applications will be open until
Aug. 31, 2013. In order to apply, prospective
1. Pay a registration fee that depends on the per
capita GDP of their home country. For Canada,
the fee is $33 US.
2. Provide some general information about
3. Write a letter about why they are applying.
4. Submit a one-minute video answering some
standard questions and explaining why he or she
should be among the first humans to set foot on
As of Tuesday at noon, dozens of videos were
already viewable online, including at least one
Mars One “experts” will decide which
applications will pass on to Round 2, when
candidates will have to pass a health evaluation
and an interview.
Rounds 3 and 4 will be reality-type shows
broadcast on TV and the internet.
In Round 3, 20 to 40 candidates from each
country will participate in “challenges” to
demonstrate their suitability for the mission and
the audience will choose a winner. Mars One will
decide who else proceeds to the next round.
In Round 4, candidates will be split into
international groups and will begin their training
in a mock Mars outpost. Depending on their
performance, some will be removed from the
program individually or in groups until six
groups of four remain.
Mars One estimates that it will cost $6 billion US
to put the first four people on Mars. It plans to
raise the money through broadcasting rights and
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