Mars One Project Announces Second Round Astronaut Selection Results
The ambitious Mars One project, which aims to put a permanent colony on Mars, has whittled its applicant pool down to 1,058 people.Mars One, a not-for-profit foundation that hopes to establish permanent human life on Mars, announced the selection of candidates from the applicant pool of over 200,000, reducing the number of applicants to 1,058. On Dec. 10, Mars One launched its first crowd-funding campaign, focused on bringing funds and attention to the first mission, an unmanned trip to Mars scheduled for 2018. The organization argues human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. On the same day as the crowd-funding campaign launch, Mars One announced in Washington, D.C., agreements with aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and one of the world’s major small satellite companies, Surrey Satellite Technology, to develop mission plans for the 2018 mission. All applicants were notified in an email of their application status. For the applicants who were not selected in this round, Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp said there is still a chance they could re-apply at a later date, which has not yet been determined.
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 the remaining candidates.