78,000 Want To Live On Mars: Mars One Colony Filling Fast

    May 9, 2013
    Shaylin Clark
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When Mars One announced that they were opening up applications for permanent residency in their proposed permanent colony, they expected to generate some interest. After all, they’re shooting for a half million applicants. What they did not expect, according to Mars One co-founder and CEO Bas Lansdorp, was a rush of over 78,000 applications in just two weeks.

Lansdorp told Business Insider that his organization had expected “a slow start,” that would eventually build toward their 500,000 applicant goal by the August 31st deadline. Instead they got nearly a sixth of their goal in a fraction of the expected time. According to Lansdorp, many applicants say that they have been following the project since before the application process began.

According to information released by Mars One on Tuesday, applicants come from more than 120 countries, and have a variety of backgrounds. The countries contributing the most applicants are, as you might expect, the United States with 17,324, China with 10,241, and the United Kingdom with 3,581.

The application deadline is August 31st. Once applications are closed, Mars One will begin the process of selecting the best candidates. While you might think that scientists and engineers would be the most desirable, Lansdorp says that the program isn’t that picky about applicants’ backgrounds. According to Dr. Norbert Kraft, the program’s chief medical officer, the key qualities they look for in applicants are commitment, creativity, and resiliency.

The selection process will consist of four rounds and will seek to identify the 28-40 most qualified candidates. Those candidates will then undergo seven years of training before the final team will be chosen to go to Mars.

The initial Mars One expedition will be a four-person mission designed to establish a foothold on Mars. This team will begin laying the groundwork for a full permanent settlement on Mars.

Many of the Mars One applicants have submitted videos discussing their qualifications and their motivations for applying. You can check out some of the videos and even apply yourself (if leaving the planet forever is your thing) at applicants.mars-one.com.

  • http://Webpronews.com Aric

    Headline reads 78,000 to live on Mars.. Article states out of 78,000 applicants in the past 2 weeks and growing… 28 to 40 will be picked after 4 rounds.. and finally only 4 will be selected to go to Mars…
    When did they get a 78,000 person figure? and on what basis?..no facts stated in the article that 78,000 people would live on Mars…

  • Brad

    I think this person needs to learn how to write. The title says 78,000 will live on Mars. Idiot.

  • Joe Mama

    Typical “news” article of today — totally worthless. Go to the Mars One website. Not only are 78,000 not going, the real story isn’t told. I say it’s all a scam. Note that it is run by a for-profit company that charges each applicant, sells advertising, sells products, (t-shirts, etc.) You think they will lose money? No way, especially since this “mission” is unlikely to happen.

  • http://infrarednyc.net Paul

    There is no H20 on mars and there never will be let alone algae. they will be living like lab rats.

  • Edmac

    It’s awesome that there is a $38 dollar registration fee as well to sign up. Making money off a lot of people for only for to chosen. Got to fund the project somehow I guess.

  • http://lol.com lol

    even if the whole thing was real, who the hell would want to scratch their lives and go live in a shithole where there is no water, no beaches, no mountains, no plants, nothing entertaining to do like going to watch a sports even, movies ect.

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  • http://www.brittanycottages.com Peter

    Guess what it is true there at least 78,000 idiots in the world and this company is looking for at least 500,000 the rate things are going they look like they will get them

  • farhad

    tank you..

  • http://Webpronews.com Malik

    you wanna live on mars where there is no water food or any other supplies i mean why? what the heck is wrong with our planet huh? this is completely stupid and pointless XD.