Mars One, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, has its sights on establishing the first human settlement on Mars.
In 2023, a crew of volunteer astronauts will depart for Mars, and the organization's co-founder and CEO, Bas Lansdorp, plans to broadcast the whole thing as a reality television show.
Until then, Lansdorp and his team will be busy constructing the new settlement on the red planet, running numerous tests on the technology involved, and selecting the future Martian colonists.
The fact that participation in this project involves a one-way ticket to outer space did nothing to deter the 202,586 hopefuls from all over the globe who applied to be part of the program.
Video applications poured in from 140 countries including the United States, India, China, Brazil, Great Britain, Canada, Russia, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Australia, France, Turkey, Chile, Ukraine, Peru, Germany, Italy, and Poland.
At the end of 2013, that number was whittled down to 1,058. From here, remaining candidates will be put through a number of selection phases to test their physical and emotional capabilities. Those that pass will be one step closer to Mars.
And what a sorry excuse for a reality television show it would be if the audience was deprived the opportunity to vote for their favorites.
Controversial reality television is nothing new for the Dutch, who brought us Big Brother, Fear Factor, The Voice, and Deal or No Deal.
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