The Mars One project hopes to colonize Mars starting in 2022, and, to accomplish that goal, it is offering one-way trips to a select few. According to the project, more than 100,000 people have offered to flee Earth in the hopes of living on the red planet.
Among current applicants are 30,000 American’s who are willing to leave behind their home and country for a “better” life on Mars.
The projects website showcases some of the people who have applied, but there are many more applicants who are not highlighted at this time.
The agency has the goal of colonizing Mars by 2022, well ahead of NASA’s goal which pushes into the 2030s.
Despite questions of fundraising and the ability to actually survive on Mars, applicants flooded the company with requests to join the Mars One Project.
Bas Lansdorp, Mars One CEO and co-founder, tells CNN:
“There is also a very large number of people who are still working on their profile, so either they have decided not to pay the application fee, or they are still making their video or they’re still filling out the questionnaire or their resume. So the people that you can see online are only the ones that have finished and who have set their profiles as public.”
The application fee is only $36 in the United States and $15 in Mexico. Considering the projects estimated cost of $6 billion, the application fee is only a very small part of the project’s fundraising efforts.
The Mars One Project is open to anyone 18 or older, and application fees are based on the GDP of the applicants country.
Mars One will select 40 qualified applicants before the end of 2013. The first four applicants chosen will leave for Mars in September 2022 and land in April 2023. The group will be made up of a multontinental group of participants.
Two years later, the second group will arrive on Mars, never to return.
Once on the planet, permanent settlements will be setup in which astronauts can live and research the red planet.
Astronauts chosen for the project will undergo an eight-year training program. Training will include how to repair habitat structures, grow vegetables in confined spaces, and address “both routine and serious medical issues such as dental upkeep, muscle tears and bone fractures.”
The red planet will be colonized with the help of 5,511 pounds of “useful load” material which will reach Mars with each lander. Even the lander capsules will be used as part of the settlement.