Short List Of 1,058 Candidates Selected To Live On Mars
When the people behind Mars One announced their project to start the human colonization of Earth, many wrote it off as preposterous. Experts doubted that anyone in their right mind would volunteer themselves to travel to Mars, never to return to their loved ones on Earth. However, 7 months and 200,000 applications later, it would appear that these experts were wrong. Yesterday, the Mars One project announced its shortlist of 1,058 applicants who will now be put to the test for a chance to make it to the final list of 24 space pioneers.
Of course, there are still many doubts as to whether or not Mars One is a technologically viable project, but these doubts don't appear to have dampen enthusiasm from wannabe colonists. The successful candidates will find themselves thrust into the most ambitious reality TV show ever created as their every move throughout their extensive training is closely scrutinized by what is hoped to be a huge global audience. The final 24 candidates will endure a gruelling 7 year training program starting next year, but the prize is worth it....a one-way ticket to Mars.
The successful applicants will then embark on a 10 month journey to Mars, at the end of which they will find their living habitats already installed by an advanced party of robot workers. The first group of four mars-dwellers will then go about their lives on the red planet, setting up sustainable crops and carrying out research.
As physically demanding as such a journey is, one of the biggest challenges for candidates will be the mental stresses of a life on spent on Mars. Any successful candidate will have to come to the terms with the fact that once they set foot in their spacecraft, they will never again see their home planet or the people living on it. But until then, they can sit back and enjoy the fact they are one step closer to being among the first humans ever to set foot on another planet.
The countries with the most representation in the final 1,058 are USA (297 candidates), Canada (75 candidates) and India (62 candidates), but have no doubt, this was a scheme that attracted interest on a global scale. When these candidates are whittled down even further, the whole world will get a chance to vote on who they want to see represent our planet on Mars.
For more information on Mars One, visit their official website