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Yesterday, Mars One, a Netherlands-based organization, released their qualifications to be part of the first human mission to Mars in 2023. The selection process, which will start later this year, is open to anyone across the world that's over the age of 18.
Mars One also wants someone who is willing to not only risk their life, but to completely sacrifice it for the sake of the mission, as there is no way back to Earth. Once the astronauts land on Mars, that's where they will call home.
So far one thousand people have signed up!
The four chosen individuals will leave for Mars in September 2022, when it will be over 38 million miles away from Earth. The rest will leave for Mars at a later time. Mars One and the public will determine who leaves for Mars first, choosing only the best fit for the first mission.
The application and selection process will be divided into four separate rounds once it begins:
This will consist of submitting a general application online, a motivational letter, a resume, and a one-minute video where you will explain why you deserve to be the chosen for the mission. At the end of this round, experts will choose who moves on to the second round.
You will need to get checked by physician to check if you're in good health. You will then be invited to meet with a Mars One selection committee in your region, where you will be interviewed.
You will be part of the 20-40 applicants, chosen from the previous round, who will participate in challenges to prove your ability to survive and persevere on Mars. This is televised worldwide, and the audience will choose one winner from each country, while the Mars One experts will select their own winners to move on to the next round.
The Mars One selection committee will create international groups for each country. The groups will be trained and then expected to demonstrate their ability to live in harsh living conditions and work together. Out of all the groups, only four will become full-time employees of Mars One, where they will train for their mission.