February 17, 2015
Mars One: 33 Americans Volunteer To Spend The Rest Of Their Life On Mars

The Mars One mission is offering a one-way ticket to the red planet. The list of folks willing to spend the rest of their lives on Mars in an attempt to establish a colony includes 33 Americans. The Mars One project had 200,000 people volunteer for the trip. The latest round of cuts narrowed down the field, and they have become known as the Mars 100.

The Mars One passenger hopefuls has now been narrowed down to 100 individuals – 50 men and 50 women. The United States had more citizens make the one-way trip to Mars' short list. The 33 U.S. residents are ranging in age from 19 to 60. Some of the Mars colony hopefuls are married with children. One of the wannabe passengers reportedly has five children.

During the next stage of the Mars One mission project, the list of potential ticket holders will be cut to 40 names. Four people will be chosen for the first mission to Mars. The Dutch-based Mars One project attracted people from a vast variety of backgrounds. The professions of those who made it onto the Mars ticket shortlist include Star Trek fans, physics majors, engineers, singers, artists, rural mechanics, writers, and doctors.

The crew of four will leave for Mars in 2025 after passing a "grueling" 7-month trip from Earth. Residents of 40 countries applied for a seat on the spaceship to Mars. Mars One candidate Cody Reeder, 22, spent his life working on cars in rural Utah. He noted in his Mars One profile that the planet will "feel like home" to him.

"The experiences I have had and my ability to think in logical ways that no one else does has allowed me to find novel working solutions to problems. I am also a very friendly person that gets along with everyone so I could do very well here on Earth, in fact leaving would be a huge loss for the planet," Reeder added.

Andrew Tunks, 28, works as a health care technology who is working on writing a novel in his spare time. Reducing suffering in the world is also a focus of Tunks. Carmen Paul, 32, serves as a member of the National Guard and is an "avid techie." Paul said on her Mars One profile that she "could be the one setting up your Internet on Mars." Data analyst Yari Rodriguez, 27, said that going to Mars "is like donating her body to science."Boston father of five, Peter Degen-Portnoy, 51, a software engineer, said that he has dreamed of traveling through space and live on another planet his entire life.Would you like to be a part of the Mars One mission and receive a one-way ticket to the red planet?

[Image via: Mars One Twitter]