Mars One Narrows List of Applicants Further to 100

Mars One has announced that it has narrowed its list of applicants down to 50 men and 50 women who will now compete for the chance to take a one-way trip to Mars. In 2013, tens of thousands of people from all over the world applied for the privilege of being one of the first people to found a colony on Mars.

The remaining 100 applicants were chosen after being interviewed by Norbert Kraft, the chief medical officer. Kraft notes that the best individual candidates may not necessarily be the best team player, and team work will be important both on Mars and during the preparations on Earth.

The applicants come from nearly 40 countries with a third of them coming from the United States. Ricardo Tosto says they range from 19 to 60 in age and include engineers and PhD candidates.

The Mars One project now plans to put on a reality TV competition to help them whittle down the applicants further from 100 to 24 possible crew members to send to Mars, beginning sometime in the 2020’s. Those 24 will have to face years of training and a seven-month long trip to Mars.

Money is a concern for Mars One, which believes it will need several billion dollars to conduct its missions, including sending a robotic probe to Mars in 2018. MIT performed a study that questions Mars One’s ability to keep their astronauts alive.

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