Mars One, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands is planning to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023 and they will document the entire process in an Internationally broadcasted television show! Viewers will even get to participate in the selection process of the astronauts who will then begin a minimum of eight years training. The biggest catch? Once these astronauts get to Mars, they can never return to Earth.
Not unlike the televised events of the Olympic Games, Mars One intends to maintain an on-going, globally televised media event, from astronaut selection to training, from lift-off to landing, to provide primary funding for this next giant leap for mankind…Because our mission is humankind’s mission, we will make this a democratic decision. The people of Earth will have a vote which group of four will be the first Earth ambassadors on Mars…Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth. Mars is home.
Over 1,000 applications have already been submitted for the life-long journey!
In order to apply, one must be eighteen years old (at the time of the application), and meet a list of criteria that includes having a deep sense of purpose, the willingness to build and maintain healthy relationships, the capacity for self-reflection and ability to trust. Resilience, adaptability, curiosity, creativity and resourcefulness are among the characteristics that Mars One is looking for in a candidate . As of now, no maximum age has been set and applicants do not need to speak a specific language as the application process will be made available in almost every language to reach a wider audience. Additional photos below.