Want to help settle Mars?
Get in line.
After only week live, 20,000 people are in queue to be one of the lucky individuals to help settle Mars. And the brainchild behind the movement is expecting many more applicants.
According to its website, the Mars One project will:
...establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. We invite you to participate by sharing our vision with your friends, and, perhaps, by becoming the next Mars astronaut yourself.
Intrigued? Read below for the top ten facts you need to know.
Proposed housing for Mars settlers via Mars One
1. Mars One Seeks to Settle Mars Through Current Technologies
Mars One is a not-for-profit organization that intends to settle the infamous Red Planet using readily available technology by 2023.
2. Mars One Intends to Finance Its Endeavors By Making the Settlement of Mars a "Reality TV Show"
According to the Mars One mission statement:
Mars One intends to fund this decade-long endeavor by involving the whole world as the audience of an interactive, televised broadcast of every aspect of this mission, from the astronaut selections and their preparations to the arrival on Mars and their lives on the Red Planet.
3. The Parent Company is Called "Interplanetary Media Group"
The newly formed Interplanetary Media Group (IMG) is a for-profit company, meaning they will help finance this amazing endeavor by selling company shares (while still holding a majority) and by also selling ad time for when the show is produced and aired. They are in charge of the licensing of the Mars One intellectual property assets.
Photo of Mars
4. Mars One Believes Solar System Exploration Should Be a Global Effort
Under their Mission & Vision section of their website, they lay out their plan:
It is the Mission Objective of Mars One to establish a human settlement on the planet Mars in 2023.
Mars One believes human exploration of the solar system should be a global effort, greater than the ambition of an individual nation. Mars exploration offers an opportunity to celebrate the power of a united humanity.
As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible, that anything can be achieved. Mars One believes it is not only possible, but imperative that we establish a permanent settlement on Mars in order to accelerate our understanding of the formation of the solar system, the origins of life, and of equal importance, our place in the universe.
5. They Compare Filming & Airing the Process to Airing the Olympic Games
They want the world to see the entire process, from planning, to implementation of said plans, to helping pick the astronauts, to watching their training, and finally, hopefully by 2023, settling Mars.
6. YOU Can Apply to Colonize Mars, Too
To put your name into the hat, all you have to do is visit the applicant section of the Mars One website. It's a global effort, and video-based. You can rate people's videos and see who's ranking highest.
7. What Are They Looking For?
According to the Mars One website astronaut breakdown, they are looking for: Resiliency, Adaptability, Curiosity, Ability to Trust, and Creativity/Resourcefulness. They also are only considering candidates over the age of 18, although nationality is not an issue. The main language of the process will be English, but that will not be a deciding factor.
8. What Happens If I Get Picked?
If you're one of the lucky few to get picked, you will need to provide a physician's note stating you are healthy. After that, it's Hunger Games. Each country with competing qualifiers will host a broadcast game show with competitions to help decide who will make it to the next round to possibly be an astronaut to help colonize Mars.
9. The Final Round and the Final Frontier
In the final round, winning competitors from all nations will be expected to be able to communicate in English. The Mars One website gives further details:
The Mars One selection committee will create international groups from the individual candidates. The groups will be expected to demonstrate their ability to live in harsh living conditions, and work together under difficult circumstances. The groups will receive their first short term training in a copy of the Mars outpost. From the first selection series, of which Round 1 starts in 2013, six groups of four will become full time employees of the Mars One astronaut corps, after which they will train for their mission. Whole teams and individuals might be selected out during training when they prove not to be suitable for the mission.
10. This Will Just Be the First Wave of Settlers
Those selected and shipped to Mars will be expected to live their lives out there indefinitely. However, Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp explained his future plans with the project should it succeed:
"This would be 'real' reality TV -- adventure is automatically included; we don't have to add fake challenges." He continued, "By sending a new crew every two years, Mars will have a real, growing settlement of humans -- who would not like to follow that major event in human history?"
So a new crew every two years? This definitely sounds like it will get better ratings than American Idol.