Earlier today, TG Daily reported that Mars One, a private space company, released the requirements for astronauts wanting to join a mission to establish a colony on Mars starting in 2023. The company, headquartered in Amersfoort in the Netherlands says that applicants don't need a long list of qualifications. They are looking for intelligent people from anywhere in the world will dedicate their lives to the project and who are in good mental and physical health.
Mars One stated, “While any formal education or real-world experience can be an asset, all skills required on Mars will be learned while in training.”
The application details “five key characteristics of an astronaut,” including: resiliency, adaptability, curiosity, ability to trust, and resourcefulness. Those selected will spend eight years training before making the permanent move to Mars. More than 1,000 people have already applied to be one of the first four people to planned to set foot on the red planet in 2023.
Suzanne Flinkenflögel, Director of Communications at Mars One said of the applicants, “While they may not yet realize the incredible challenges that lay ahead, this show of support for a global selection campaign is so important to us. We are working hard to launch our selection campaign as soon as possible, to open the doors to everyone who aspires to do something tremendous in their lifetime."