78,000 People Apply for One-Way Trip to Mars

The mission aims to send a crew to the Red Planet in 2022.

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An artist's impression of Mars One's planned first settlement on the Red Planet

An ambitious project to establish a human colony on Mars has attracted applications from tens of thousands of would-be astronauts, just two weeks after applications opened.

The mission, a private venture by the Dutch non-profit organization Mars One, aims to send a crew to the Red Planet in 2022 – and, due to the physiological change in the human body after a stay on Mars, there’d be no coming back. That hasn’t deterred people, though: so far, over 78,000 people have applied to become one of Mars’ first immigrants (the company is expecting 500,000 applicants by the time applications close on August 31). “This is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” says Bas Lansdorp, co-founder of Mars One.

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Day-to-day life on Mars will be no picnic: The organization says that the daily routine on the planet would involve construction work on the colony (installing greenhouses, for example), maintenance of the settlement’s systems and research into Mars’ climate and geological history–all in an inhospitable environment with unbreathable air and an average temperature in the planet’s mid-latitudes of around -58 degrees Farenheit.

But Mars One says it is not looking for applicants with specific skills, such as a science degree, that might be useful during an interplanetary posting. Instead, they are looking for people who “have a deep sense of purpose, willingness to build and maintain healthy relationships, the capacity for self-reflection and ability to trust.” They also want volunteers who are “resilient, adaptable, curious, creative and resourceful.” Candidates will receive a minimum of eight years training before leaving Earth, the company says.

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“Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria for selection. Now, we are more concerned with how well each astronaut works and lives with the others–and for a lifetime of challenges ahead,” said Norbert Kraft, a former Senior Research Associate at NASA and Chief Medical Director for Mars One in a statement published on Mars One’s website.

Candidates hailing from over 120 countries (although the vast majority are from the U.S.) uploaded a video to Mars One’s website explaining why they’re suitable for the mission. Kyle, a 21-year-old grocery store clerk from the U.S., says he wants to be “an explorer and pioneer at the forefront of history.” Steven, a 43-year-old American who works in electronics, has even higher hopes for the mission: “I would like to go to Mars… to discover new life,” he says.

In addition to people skills, successful applicants must be good fundraisers too: Mars One plans to raise much of the mission’s $6 billion estimated cost through a reality TV show following the applicants as they undergo preparations for the one-way trip to Mars. They’ve got a little way to go yet, though: as of April 29, the money raised through donations and merchandise stood at $84,121.

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152 comments
priyanka
priyanka

hey please i am not applied for this. But i am having very much curiosity to wards creating new life...So I am kindly requesting   to give me a chance for  applying it.....

ChucoGarcia
ChucoGarcia

I wanna go hell yea im carlos fb chuco garcia hit me up. Im down as fk lol

anami01
anami01

if i have a kid on mars im gonna name her amy

anami01
anami01

i want to go, i hate earth, good alternative for killing myself

tonygathii
tonygathii

Perhaps it is a good idea to reflect on how far Mankind has gotten thus far through history. It may not be a good idea to think as colonizers when taking such an important step. Think Ecologically, to sustain Ecosystems already in place.

To sustain any lifeforms that may be discovered there now or in the future... etc

Look at the destruction Man has caused on Earth; how many species are extinct because of our kind? They are numerous; so do not go out there with the same mode of thought; rather let us learn from past mistakes, that those privileged to go to Mars may be ideal representatives of Mankind; as made in God's image.

What goes around comes around... whatever you do, do good. Time waits for no one; its time to change from destructive ways to loving and creative methods...

God Speed.

RitchardMckie
RitchardMckie

Anythings got to be better than living on earth.

gesud4life
gesud4life

I have to say, quite the opportunity to finally explore a new frontier. Now, although I know it is an awesome idea to go off to mars, I think the fact that you won't be coming back is a little scary... I mean, you'll literally be weakening yourself by exposing yourself to the planets gravity; muscle/bone density will be reduced in your body..... :/

datuna1991
datuna1991

i ' m from georgia and i want to go mars


danceimakittycat
danceimakittycat

did anyone see that south park when the boys sent the killer whale to the moon.......................

danceimakittycat
danceimakittycat

it is a big conspiracy to help reduce population overload on earth.   send a nick of the population to mars, show the citizens of earth it was a huge success through then honest and reliable media we have today and convince 1 million people to sing up for Venus.   

sno
sno

you fail at sustaining clean air and providing healthy food to your people on earth. You make people fight in the name of religion  ,race petty differences, pollute our envt. with harmful chemicals like aluminium,  barium, etc. try to control and modify weather, to  create droughts and floods, that would in return increase sales of your genetically modified Monsanto crops that are resistant to these man made "natural" calamities. And people who are unaware of the politics behind it think, there is something wrong with the weather and Earth is becoming uninhabitable, obviously important point to convince us people to buy ur BS so we could willingly invest. You, the few sadist fraction of rich people, want to watch earth destroy from a distance, so u use people as guinea pigs to do the ground work for you. The change they are creating in the atmosphere is irreversible, when each and every organism will get contaminated with foreign genes. Its sad, they don't have a solution for us on earth and they talk about making a new colony on Mars!!! Think people please think! its a huge agenda. Such projects are a waste of money and effort. Humans will destroy everything they touch. their curiosity is a disease. Oh and all this is coming from a biotechnologist itself! Investigate and think critically, ask questions!

CurtSchneider
CurtSchneider

And I'd like to nominate a few politicians to tag along - ya know, to help get the new world setup. The type of politicians that can transform the planet, control the temperature, ensure all inhabitants are paying their fair share, guarantee free healthcare and birth control and jobs for everyone, guns for no one, and implement spying techniques and IRS agents and marshal law to keep it that way.

JoseJaimeAraja
JoseJaimeAraja

people are getting totally insane the scientest tells whats in it to mars first the unbreathtable air what makes you guys sure that you will have the chance to get back on earth after going there?

Jonbob11
Jonbob11

It would make far more sense to send robots which can function without the need of oxygen food and the need to socialize with other people. Let alone the fact by the time people actually got to mars the issue of the reduction in bone mass and muscle tissue would be insane. It's good to have dreams but seriously neither we nor mars is ready to sustain human life yet and i'm not convinced we will be by 2022. I'd love to see some simulation tests on making life habitable on mars. Maybe create a sandbox game to help towards the costs of the mission and help people physically see and interact with making a planet habitable. Could be a really interesting game following the whole mission objective.

UlkenPhonix
UlkenPhonix

Also I wanna be the first MAN to MARRY A MARTIAN GURL!!  LIKe THAT STARWARS FEMALE JEDI!! and I hope Dr LOYD PYE

EDUCATES the travellers that seek to speak to ALIENS!! IMAO!!

UlkenPhonix
UlkenPhonix

HURRY UP cuz I need a Mc DONALDS up there and ASIAN girls and White and a BUNKER DOME HOUSE!! LOL

Lynnyjo
Lynnyjo

If all of these people want a one-way trip to Mars, I will not stop them. I will just not be among them.

paulogangs17
paulogangs17

kami gusto sumama sa mars ...     pwede pa ba ??

KimberlyVSteele
KimberlyVSteele

When I read this, I'm thinking, oh s**t, I'm going to end up writing my next novel about this.  Here's what I truly think of 78K people applying for a one-way trip to Mars: this will NOT END WELL. Even the Titanic or the Hindenburg had a better shot of succeeding -- if this manages to "get off the ground" as it were, it will be one of the greatest if not THE greatest disaster in history.

Biosphere projects started right here on Earth have been abject, miserable failures. Well-meaning scientists have tried to recreate mini-Earth environments and every single attempt has ended with plant life collapsing and air turning to poison. Mankind likes to think it can do Nature one better (just ask the GMO-producing monster-idiots at Monsanto) and is almost invariably slapped upside the face when forced to face reality.

Let's say only a hundred people manage to make it onto the colony. I hope for their sake that it's only a hundred. Within five years or less, I see a Lord of the Flies situation. How are they supposed to fix anything that goes drastically wrong, like poisoned air or a leak in the heating system? Mar's atmosphere is 95% carbon dioxide. The mean temperature of Mars is -50 degrees. That's VERY cold. 

I can almost see the video now -- I am really trying not to write a spec fiction novel on this, I am too busy with my other books! -- a terrified child, one of the children unfortunate enough to have been born on the red planet, begs for rescue. People are eating each other, she says. Her mother chose to kill herself in a mass suicide because the plants are dying and the food is poison. Her father was publicly disemboweled as part of a primitive tribunal populated by formerly rational people who decided he was responsible for the failure of the mission. There's a rescue ship coming that won't be there for 50 days and she heard someone say that all of the stored water will be gone in 25 or less. The rescue ship itself is a false, vicious rumor because America just went to war for oil with China, there's none to spare for futile international missions to space. It's getting colder and colder, she says. 

Ugh. Techno-triumphalism will not save the day. I'm sad that people think the answers to our overpopulation, pollution, and ecocide problems lie in finding a new planet to ruin. How about taking better care of the planet we are on? How about voting in people who actually care about the Earth their own grandchildren will inherit? 

UlkenPhonix
UlkenPhonix

PEOPLE MISUNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF OCCULT MAGICK SCIENCE !! GO TO COLLEDGE!! LOL and LEARN!!

ARCHEOLOGISTS are gonna laugh at you!! see them in you tube!! LEARN!! MY REPLY TO A MISUNDERSTANDING!!

ChristianAdams
ChristianAdams

I'll go, if there lots of females I could talk to, video games, my Nissan 370z, my ATV, my dirt bike, my GMC SUV and my favorite foods, if I can have that count me in. If not hellll noooo, ill stay right where I'm at and finish high school next year and go to college. Who knows I might create a teleport machine.

Altold
Altold

I hope there wont be racism out there!

AlMansourBarri
AlMansourBarri

will there be weed, internet and ps3? if yes im totally in

ZarGee
ZarGee

cool! that's gonna be less 78lK spacey peeps off the face of the earth!  

KimMaloney
KimMaloney

i bet this is what they told people in africa b4 shoving them all on a boat to come to america!

VivaBarbarella
VivaBarbarella

It does not have to be inhospitable if they carve out a niche inside Olympus Mons, the largest inactive volcano in the Solar system.  All inactive volcanoes can be instant fortresses, and there are 20 of them on Mars.  

And, every molecule of Potassium nitrate (KNO3), or gunpowder/saltpeter, contains 3 atoms of Oxygen. That means guns will fire on Mars, and sticks of dynamite will blow up Martian structures, like inactive volcanoes. 

Volcanoes are a Martian's best friend, it protects us from radiation, debris and dust storms. Just drill holes using a laser beam/drill, stick the dynamite in the holes, and aim the laser at the dynamite to ignite it, or shoot a bullet at it. 

Finally, pour some liquid oxygen into a small dewar/dispenser to pressurize it from the inside. As the liquid oxygen warms up, it will expand and creep out of the dewar, filling the inside of the cave with oxygen, but a door has to be in place. May the Force be with us.”


JenniferNealEggen
JenniferNealEggen

This is a great idea! Why dont they send all the criminals there..

JenniferNealEggen
JenniferNealEggen

This is a great idea! Why dont they send all the criminals there..

shannon.dsz
shannon.dsz

Then again .. itz just an Anime .. :P

PerryT
PerryT

@sno   Lighten up sno.... it's not a plot.  When the mayflower sailed, people said they were all going to their death... i guess they were right... they did all die here.

Somebody has to do this... and it is clear that the governments of the world won't do it if there isn't something in it for them.. like more MONEY...  

Maybe the way to start taking care of our planet and start loving each other is to head out into the cosmos! ... it will happen no matter what we all say....

MaximeDelisle
MaximeDelisle

@sno  id still love to be one of the first on mars. 
chance to do it over, better maybe?


AridElf
AridElf

@JoseJaimeAraja Lower gravity causes our bones to weaken, not having to support as much weight. This is why we have artificial gravity rings where astronauts can exercise in to help them combat the lack of gravity while in space.

PerryT
PerryT

@KimberlyVSteele  Write your book Kim.... i would love to see it.... maybe even make it into a movie. :)

atrozan
atrozan

@KimberlyVSteeleThe plan is to send waves of four colonists every two years. Robotic missions will deliver supplies and building materials during the preceding years for the colonists to use upon arrival. 3D printers can provide the ability to create new parts for equipment that goes wrong. Water and other chemicals can be extracted from the soil. Modular living and production units with connecting tubes will provide redundancy in case one area experiences failure.

There are still enormous technical and engineering challenges to solve in the next 10 years, but the basic foundation is there for everything that is needed. It may be overly ambitious, but given the exponential growth in technology we have been experiencing I think it's the kind of ambition that just might be achievable. I do wholeheartedly agree with you as to the importance of solving our problems here. Just as the space race gave us a wealth of new tech such as GPS satellites, the innovations and technology created to sustain live on Mars will be of invaluable use back on Earth.

Check out their faq! http://mars-one.com/en/faq-en

fonzio
fonzio

no need to write a novel, kim stanley baxter wrote all about it including the reality tv idea which would pay for the mission in the trilogy of red mars, go read it!

ianhappyface
ianhappyface

@KimberlyVSteele and this is exactly why you're a "writer". you're too dramatic. One of the reasons they need so many people there is so that they can repair, maintain, and learn more to further the colony. also the average temperature is 58 degrees, not  -50... These people are brave in what their doing. They are willing to sacrifice there comfortable lives to do something that will in the long run, further humanity. Think about whats happening here on earth, pointless fighting over stupid religious ideals, idiot leaders running every nation, and people fighting for depleting resources. This offers a new start. And even if its not the right answer, its a huge step in the right direction. Next time you want to bash such a selfless act, ask yourself what the hell you're contributing to others.

JayCintron
JayCintron

Not sure about that...Who do you think will get to go to mars if we were able to to colonize it, you ? Me ? Guess again..

TheLastShadow
TheLastShadow

@ianhappyface  and this is why we can't have nice things.. Look, first of all the average temperature on Mars is -58 degrees therefore, you trying to prove someone else wrong was a fail. Another thing, people seemed to have forgotten that history does in fact repeat itself; the pointless fighting for depleting resources will eventually find its way to Mars in no time. As for the idiot leaders running the show, I'm almost certain there has to be some kind of leadership and there will be someone who doesn't agree with that leadership and... You see where I'm going with this? This idea is really idiotic to be completely honest. Sure, in theory, if they pull it off it will be great, but let's be realistic here. Again, 

ianhappyface
ianhappyface

@TheLastShadow@ianhappyface @TheLastShadow @ianhappyface well i misread the 58 degrees. even so, continuing on the path we are on is not going to work. my fellow Americans can vouch that OUR country is doomed, and OUR leader is an idiot. and i think people that are invested in the cause enough to spend the rest of their life on a new planet, wont be caught up in pointless politics and fight over stupid religious ideals. they will be working hard to further our species, not cripple it like what we are doing now. and i think that failing at this exploration, is better than not trying at all.

marvdlf
marvdlf

Well, it COULD work in small colonies, like 500 people or something. I thing a currency free world would be more peacefull that the world we live in today. Because of economy, many new technology or discoveries are swept away, because it does not fit in the worlds economy...(yet). For example, a self self sustaining energy source. The tech long ago exist since Tesla but his investor(s) did not see the money in that..