Just two weeks after applications opened, tens of thousands of people have declared themselves ready to be astronauts, in a rather ambitious project to establish a human colony on planet Mars.
The mission is a private venture by the Dutch non-profit organization Mars One. The aim of the mission is to send a crew to Mars in 2022.
Probably the most important thing about the mission is the fact that there will be no coming back from the Red Planet.
If you think that this would discourage people, you should think again. So far, over 78,000 people have applied to become Mars’ first immigrants.
Mars One officials say they are expecting more than 500,000 applications by August 31, the deadline for anyone interested in spending the rest of their life on Mars.
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Such an ambitious mission will not be easy. Mars One stated that the daily routine on the Red Planet will involve work on the colony, maintenance of the settlement’s systems and research into Mars’ climate and geological history.
All this work has to be done whilst living in an inhospitable environment with unbreathable air, the average temperature is around -50 degrees Celcius.
The organisation says that it is not looking for applicants with specific skills. On the other hand, they are looking for people who “have a deep sense of purpose, willingness to build and maintain healthy relationships, the capacity for self-reflection and ability to trust.”
Volunteers must be “resilient, adaptable, curious, creative and resourceful.”
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Candidates will receive a minimum of eight years training before leaving Earth, according to the Dutch company.
More information on Mars One, the official website of the mission to the Red Planet.