More than 100,000 people, including 30,000 Americans, have decided that they want to go to Mars and never come back. International space colonization company Mars One announced that it plans to begin giving human colonists one way trips to the Red Planet beginning in 2023.
Out of the 100,000 applicants, only 24 will be selected to make the trip. Some of the applicants have created profiles on the company’s website and others are still in the process.
"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," said Bas Lansdorp, Mars One CEO and cofounder. "So the people that you can see online are only the ones that have finished and who have set their profiles as public."
An application fee is applied based on a user’s nationality. For applicants from the United States, the fee is $38.
"We wanted it to be high enough for people to have to really think about it and low enough for anyone to be able to afford it," Lansdorp said.
Those who are selected will go through an intense eight-year training program in a secluded location, The Daily Caller reported. During training, the astronauts will learn how to deal with "both routine and serious medical issues such as dental upkeep, muscle tears and bone fractures."
The Mars One project has large implications.
"What we want to do is tell the story to the world," Lansdorp said. "When humans go to Mars, when they settle on Mars and build a new Earth, a new planet. This is one of the most exciting things that ever happened, and we want to share the story with the entire world."
Crew training is scheduled to begin in 2015.
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