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Netherlands-based Mars One group to film reality TV series around manned mission to Mars in 2023.
If your two passions are space travel and reality television, rejoice in Mars One.
The Netherlands-based non-profit organization is to announce on Monday details behind its astronaut selection process for a trip to the red planet in 2023.
Here’s what we know so far, and let’s begin with the important stuff.
First, if you’re fortunate enough to endure the rigorous seven-year training program, and Mars One raises the estimated $6 billion it needs, you won’t be coming home.
That’s right, this is a one-way trip.
Still interested? Really?
OK, you should also know this. Before you can make it to the second phase, you’ll need to submit a one-minute video outlining why Mars One needs you.
There will be a fee, which is helping Mars One raise the needed funds to train, fly and house earthlings on Mars. Forever.
Norbert Kraft, a former senior research associate at NASA and chief medical director for Mars One, said this trip is for more than just the Fearless Felix-types.
“Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria,” he said on the Mars One website.
“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. If you are the kind of person that everyone chooses to have on their island, then we want you to apply, too.”
The press conference on Monday in New York will reveal more details, but you can also scan the selection criteria online.
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Among the more unique attributes wanted is this gem: you must have “persistent” thought processes. You know, to get HAL to open the pod-bay doors.
Should you wonder who could possibly want the honor of first person on Mars, take note, Mars One already has 45,000 emails expressing interest and 10,000 one-minute videos.
“We expect a million applications with one-minute videos, and hopefully some of those videos will go viral,” Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp told SPACE.com earlier this year.
A small fee, about $25, must accompany the video.
Of course, actually living out your days, alone, in the desolate confines of a cold, cold rock is only half the fun.
The second phase of the selection process will be broadcast for all to see around the world on a new reality TV series.
The two-year selection process to find 24 astronauts will form the basis of Mars One’s program, the Los Angeles Times reported.
They will be divided into six groups of four, with one crew leaving at a time.
The reality TV series would help Mars One raise the roughly $4 billion it would need to stage subsequent missions, Space.com said.
Suzanne Flinkenflögel, Mars One communications director, said the organization is thrilled with the initial support.
“We are working hard to launch our selection campaign as soon as possible, to open the doors to everyone who aspires to do something tremendous in their lifetime,” she said online.
In all likelihood, the last tremendous thing you’d ever do.