Over 78,000 People Want To Die On Mars!
Mars One, the ambitious program to colonize Mars by 2023 has received a staggering 78,000 applicants in the first 2 weeks of a 19 week application period.
The private venture hopes to turn the entire process into a reality TV show, from the selection of its participants right through to the landing and colonization of the Red Planet. The road to Mars is a long one though, figuratively and literally. After the application period closes, the successful applicants won't be selected until 2015 as the massive numbers are whittled down regionally, then geographically.
Once selected, the participants will undergo a 7 year training program which will prepare them for the mental, physical and intellectual rigors that come from living on Mars. Upon completion of their training, around 40 candidates will be put to a worldwide vote to decide on a four person crew who will become the "envoys of humanity to Mars."
Selected as the best Earth has to offer, the four adventurers will leave Earth on a 10 month journey to Mars, never to return home again. That's right. Once they are there, they are staying there. The initial four colonists will be joined by regular future expeditions which will see the size of the colony grow and grow over the years.
The massive number of applications comes as Mars is receiving a lot of press. This week saw the Humans to Mars Summit, held in Washington and Buzz Aldrin release a new book entitled 'Mission To Mars: My Vision For The Future of Space Exploration'.
Mars One has received a lot of skepticism from experts in the field, with many suggesting the team do not have the know-how or resources to pull it off. But that hasn't put off 78,000 people from around 120 different countries from rushing to get their lengthy applications in.