We're Doomed: Dutch Company Seeks Human Volunteers to Colonize Mars
Mars One / Bryan Versteeg
If you have 8 years to spare and would like to be one of the four lucky guinea pigs Dutch non-profit Mars One sends to the Red Planet, it's time to hop in line.
Mars One announced last year that it hopes to put a team of humans on Mars in 2023 and that it will select from a global pool later this year.
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The requirements for potential astronauts are definitely less stringent than NASA's -- Mars One is looking for candidates who are at least 18 years old, are intelligent and are good shape, and aren't hell-bent on getting back to Earth post take off (there are no plans to return the astronauts to their home planet).
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"Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria," Norbert Kraft, Mars One's chief medical director and a former NASA researcher, said in a statement. "Now, we are more concerned with how well each astronaut works and lives with the others, in the long journey from Earth to Mars and for a lifetime of challenges ahead."
Training for the crew will last 8 years (perhaps a common language will be established) while Mars One sends a robotic team with cargo to the Red Planet to set up a human outpost.
Mars One is planning on the arrival of the team of four on Mars in 2023, with the arrival of more participants every two years. The non-profit plans on funding the most expensive part of the entire operation with the launch of a global reality television series (naturally) that will follow the candidates through their training and colonization efforts. For more info, check out Mars One's website.
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