Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Mars Exploration News .

Potential Martians: Mars One selects 1,058 hopefuls among 200,000 applicants
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jan 01, 2014

illustration only

The Mars One project has announced the selection of 1,058 hopefuls from over 200,000 applicants to become potential "human ambassadors" on the Red Planet. Eventually, no more than 40 people will be selected to go Mars to never return.

"We're extremely appreciative and impressed with the sheer number of people who submitted their applications," Mars One Co-Founder and CEO Bas Lansdorp said, putting an end to the second round of the application process.

"However, the challenge with 200,000 applicants is separating those who we feel are physically and mentally adept to become human ambassadors on Mars from those who are obviously taking the mission much less seriously."

According to The Popular science magazine report, there are 55 per cent male and 45 per cent female among 1,058 chosen. Some 63 per cent of them hold a bachelor's degree and 3 percent hold a medical degree.

The majority of the applicants are aged between 26 and 55 - 65 per cent of all selected hopefuls- and 2 per cent are older than 55.

Those who did not receive emails, notifying of their application status, should not become despondent. There is a chance they can reapply later. But the date has not been set yet.

"US astronaut Clayton Anderson was rejected by NASA for its astronaut training program 15 times, yet in 2007 he boarded the Space Shuttle Atlantis for a trip to the International Space Station. He proved anything can happen and the door is never completely closed," Lansdorp recalled.

The first round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Program saw applications from 202,586 people from around the world. Initially Lansdorp expected one million applications.

The whole Selection Program includes four rounds and is planned to last till 2015. During this time, the applicant pool will be narrowed to dozens of people - six to ten teams of four individuals will be selected for seven years of full-time training before heading to Mars.

"The next several selection phases in 2014 and 2015 will include rigorous simulations, many in team settings, with focus on testing the physical and emotional capabilities of our remaining candidates," Dr. Norbert Kraft, Chief Medical Officer for Mars One said.

But the details of the further selection phases have not been agreed yet as negotiations for the rights to broadcast the process are still ongoing. Lansdorp said the next phase of the Mars One project should be televised starting in 2014.

"We fully anticipate our remaining candidates to become celebrities in their towns, cities, and in many cases, countries. It's about to get very interesting," he said.

Mars One, a Dutch not-for-profit organization, is relying on donations, which it directs to the human mission to Mars. It is currently trying to raise money to send a satellite and lander to Mars in 2018, which will allow them to live-stream events straight from the red planet.

On December, Mars One contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to develop mission concept studies.

Before people will be able to colonize Mars there is a demonstration mission planned for 2018. It will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important for a permanent human settlement on Mars.

Source: Voice of Russia


Related Links
Mars One
Mars News and Information at
Lunar Dreams and more

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

'Mars One' will reveal if there is life outside Earth
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Dec 31, 2013
Mars One is a non-profit organization that plans to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2025. The private spaceflight project is led by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, who announced plans for the Mars One mission in May 2012, who revealed the details of the mission in an exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia. b>Mr. Lansdorp, how did the idea of Mars One project come to y ... read more

Wake Up Yutu

Chang'e 3 Lander and Rover From Above

Chang'e-3 satellite payload APXS obtained its first spectrum of lunar regolith

China's moon rover "sleeps" through lunar night

China launches communications satellite for Bolivia

China's moon rover continues lunar survey after photographing lander

China's Yutu "naps", awakens and explores

Deep space monitoring station abroad imperative

CU-Boulder to fly antibiotic experiment on ants to space station

Station Cosmonauts Complete Spacewalk to Deploy Cameras

Antares and Cygnus Launch Update

Expedition 38 Sends New Year's Greetings on Off-Duty Day

The Sounds of New Horizons

On the Path to Pluto, 5 AU and Closing

SwRI study finds that Pluto satellites' orbital ballet may hint of long-ago collisions

Archival Hubble Images Reveal Neptune's "Lost" Inner Moon

Clay-Like Minerals Found on Icy Crust of Europa

Cassini Spacecraft Obtains Best Views of Saturn Hexagon

Model Suggests Ocean Currents Shape Europa's Icy Shell in Ways Critical for Potential Habitats

The Bright Vortex Off Saturn Way

China's HD observation satellite opens its eyes

More BARREL Balloons Take to the Skies

UAE to launch indigenous satellite in 2017

SAR images acquired by KOMPSAT-5

Only lawyers profit as tech giants go to war over patents

Astronauts Practice Launching in NASA's New Orion Spacecraft

Space trips open to Chinese travelers

Work on NASA's New Orion Spacecraft Progresses as Engineers Pivot to 2014

NASA's Hubble Sees Cloudy Super-Worlds With Chance for More Clouds

Researchers use Hubble Telescope to reveal cloudy weather on alien world

Using an Atmosphere to Weigh a Planet

Gaia Mission Could Help Map Exoplanets

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement