Mars One Infographic - 1,058 People On Shortlist To Die On Mars
When the Mars One project launched last year, many people doubted if anyone in their right mind would sign up for a one-way ticket to another planet. A few months later and over 200,000 people from around the world had applied, surpassing the expectations of even the most optimistic Mars One team-member. Fast-forward a few more months and all 202,528 applications have been sifted through and whittled down to just 1,058 hopefuls.
By 2024 Mars One aims to establish the first human settlement on Mars, creating the world's most elaborate reality TV show in the process. With the Phase 2 shortlist now assembled, the Mars One team will now attempt to whittle the number of hopefuls down even further, to what is expected to be between 6 and 10 groups of 4 budding space pioneers. And, like many reality TV shows you see today, the variation of characters involved in Mars One is huge. As this infographic shows, no fewer than 107 countries are represented in the 1,058 strong shortlist, with the likes of USA, Canada and India contributing the most shortlisted applicant.
Another startling discovery is the range of ages represented on the shortlist. While the shortlist does trend deeply towards the 25-35 age range, the ages represented on the list span 63 years with the youngest applicant just 18 years old and the oldest applicant able to count 81 years to their name.
Applicants employed a range of tactics to get themselves noticed among the massive crowds. Some sent application videos in the nude, while others sent musical renditions. Others merely let their experience do the talking with Nobel prize winners and astronauts included in the long list of successful applicants.
What this all goes to show is that the prospect of living out your years on another planet and becoming incredibly famous in the process, does not have a limited appeal. Far from it. The response to this project was so successful that Mars One have committed to reopening the application window in a few years time, by which point the word will definitely be out and competition will be even more fierce.