Applications to Live on Red Planet Come From Over 120 Countries; 4 People Will Go at a Time
May 9, 2013
Two weeks into a nineteen week application period, more than 78,000 people have applied to become a settler of Mars in 2023.
Mars One, the nonprofit with the goal of establishing a human settlement on the planet, announced the milestone.
“This is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” said Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and CEO of Mars One, in the announcement. “These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants.”
All applicants have to pay a registration fee, between $5 and $73, depending on what country they hail from, and submit a one-minute video that should convince “people around the world and the Mars One selection committee that you would be a great candidate to become one of the Mars One astronauts,” according to the organization’s website.
The journey to Mars is one-way because after a prolonged stay in a weightless environment, the human body will not be able to adjust to the higher gravity of Earth upon return, according to Mars One.
Applicants so far come from across the globe, with the most coming from the United States (17,324), China (10,241), and the United Kingdom (3,581). Many of the applicants are younger than 40.
Anders, 51, an applicant from Sweden, said in his video: “I often fantasize to just get on board a spaceship and go, to explore the universe. I often get the feeling that I don’t belong here, but up there, in space.”
Katarina, 23, an applicant from the United States, said that she’s an adventurer and an explorer and grew up in a “sci-fi loving household.”
“I’ve always dreamed of being an astronaut and being able to explore new planets,” she said. “I want to go to Mars so I can learn so many amazing things, and share it with Earth to help inspire people to want to continue exploring space and push the boundaries of human knowledge and what we can achieve.”
There will be four selection rounds: during the first round the Mars One selection committee “forward the most committed, creative, resilient and motivated applicants,” said Dr. Norbert Kraft, Mars One chief medical officer.
Video of the planned Mar One colony: