When a nonprofit company based in the Netherlands announced last April that they intended to colonize Mars starting around 2015, more than 200,000 people applied for a one-way ticket to Mars. Now, the first cut in qualified people has been made, narrowing the group to 1,058 individuals ranging in ages from 18 to 81 were selected to move on to the next round. You had to be at least 18 to apply. The important point, it's a one-way ticket to Mars. No going back, at least on that space vehicle, according to the December 31, 2013 Los Angeles Times article by Deborah Netburn, "Mars One: 1,058 applicants still in contention to start Mars colony."
The applications had to be sent in in video format, and they were sent to the company called Mars One, not to any government program. The Mars One project also has been turned into a reality show featuring a global audience. The project is serious. In the video, applicants explained why they wanted to colonize Mars and how they felt about never coming back. Did they wonder what was going to happen to them there, since it's a one-way ticket? One of the questions asked of the applicants was to talk about their sense of humor. But the project is no joke.
The first cut narrowed down the applicants to those physically and mentally capable of going to Mars on probably a relatively slow 'ship' of sorts...not at the speed of light, as some people imagine traveling to planets. People were excluded if they didn't take the mission serious enough.
In this first narrowing down of future Mars colonizers, the Mars One team focused on choosing people who were physically and mentally capable of becoming human ambassadors to Mars, according to the Los Angeles Times article, "Mars One: 1,058 applicants still in contention to start Mars colony." This round of applicant selections ended up with 472 women and 586 men. More than half of them are under the age of 35, but 26 are over the age of 56. The oldest applicant to move on to the next round is 81. Applicants come from 107 countries so far.
There are 297 applicants from the USA. Canada had the next largest pool, that is 75 applicants. By 2016, the applicants will continue to be excluded if they can't pass the emotional and physical tests and the simulations. Mars One has a medical officer.
What's happening in 2013 is still not finished as negotiations continue between the Mars One project and media corporations, especially who will be granted the rights to televise the selections. You can read more about the selection process in the article, "Mars Announces Round Two Astronaut Selection Results."
Some applicants go a long way to be overly creative, for example, when a few applicants submitted their video applications in their birthday suits--no clothing on at all
Selection criteria is outlined in detail on the Mars One website. See how to apply. For those interested in applying, check out the Mars One site link, "What Are The Qualifications To Apply?" The Mars One application site explains the astronaut selection process and what are the five key characteristics of an astronaut.
Plans include Mars One selecting about 40 applicants who will be training in group settings for seven years. Then there will be a vote taken by a global audience on which team (or group) will go to Mars in 2025. Before the year 2025, the Mars One project plans to send a 'lander' on Mars by 2018. At present the Mars One project has contacted Lockheed Martin Corporation to develop a mission concept study.
It's going to cost around $6 billion
The question is who's going to pay or from where is the money going to come? You can check out the various news releases from the Mars One Project. Since it's a nonprofit company, it may turn to funding from sponsorships or exclusive partnerships. You can check out it's fundraising campaign known as the Indiegogo campaign.
It is unclear just how Mars One will pay for its ambitious plans, which it estimates will cost about $6 billion. In a news release this month, the nonprofit said it would look for funding in exclusive partnerships and sponsorships. For more information see, "Mars One - First Private Mars Mission in 2018." The company started the Indiegogo campaign.
The goal of Mars One is to establish a human settlement on Mars. You can read at the Indiegogo campaign site that in this Indiegogo campaign, the nonprofit group will give you the opportunity to contribute to the first ever private mission to Mars. It will be the the first step in establishing a human outpost on the Red Planet. The earnings from this Indiegogo campaign will go to the Mission Concept Studies by Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology LTD (SSTL) for our first unmanned mission in 2018, which will demonstrate hardware for the human mission in 2025.
This is not the mission of one organization or one country, notes the Indiegogo Campaign website
The group's 2018 mission will be the foundation of humankind’s mission to Mars. Mars One will involve you in as many ways as possible, starting with perks you’ll receive in return for your contribution, including:
- Access to summaries of the mission concept studies
- Your message printed on the landing parachute
- An invitation to the 2018 launch party
Achieving the goals of this campaign provides a major step forward in private space exploration and other essential benefits, including:
- Providing the funding to successfully design a road map for the first private mission to Mars in 2018.
- Developing the customized design of the NASA Phoenix platform that includes all Mars One experiments.
- Drawing attention from potential large sponsors and partners to participate in our mission.
- And, last but not least, announcing to the world we will achieve our mission objectives
If you are in good health with no diseases or mental issues, normal blood pressure and good eyesight and can pass the physical and other tests during the application process at are at least age 18 or older, you can apply, according to the company's application process online. Whereas some think of moving to Mars to colonize it as being a great explorer to go beyond where no one has gone before, except those that live on other planets, still others think of the idea as a roach motel concept: You go in, but you don't come out. On the other hand, there are probably no bed bugs or roaches on Mars, at least not before people start colonizing the planet.
Then again, if there's some type of breathable atmosphere created there before you put your foot on Mars, clean water, no bad bugs, and pretty good vegetation can grow there, a lot of farmable land may be waiting for the adventurous looking to move to the new world. So far, nobody's written anything about being able to bring your pet dogs or cats to Mars. It's up to you to find out the rules, because it's a one-way ticket. For more information on colonize Mars in your lifetime, check out the sites, A one-way ticket to Mars? 78,000-plus and counting apply by video, Mars One is one step closer to its dream of colonizing Mars. and, NASA studies on ancient Mars lake a 'turning point' in search for life.