Have you ever wanted to go to Mars? Now here’s your chance. A non-profit organization reality TV series based in The Netherlands is looking to send 24 would-be astronauts to the Red Planet in 2023. The TV series is called Mars One and it’s currently raising about $6 billion to fund the space colonization project. Here’s the catch, if you’re one of the very lucky few to be selected to go to Mars you won’t come back. It’s a one-way ticket to Mars to live and explore for the rest of your life.
Mars One is also currently taking entry submissions from anyone from around the world for the reality TV series. You can send a one-minute video of yourself, telling the Mars One producers why they should pick you to go to Mars, along with a $25 entry fee. Norbert Kraft, a former senior research associate at NASA and chief medical director for Mars One says of the reality series:
“Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria,” he said. “Now, we are more concerned with how well each astronaut works and lives with the others, in the long journey from Earth to Mars and for a lifetime of challenges ahead. If you are the kind of person that everyone chooses to have on their island, then we want you to apply, too.”
Mars One has already received over 45,000 emails and over 10,000 one-minute videos from wannabe TV series contestants who want to go to Mars. There will be a two-year selection process to find 24 people to train to become astronauts and learn to live on Mars. The object of the reality series is to document the selection process and then see how people react to living on the Red Planet. The 24 people selected will be then split into six groups of four, with one crew leaving for Mars at a time every two years.
Suzanne Flinkenflögel, Mars One communications director, is thrilled to be part of an important exploration in human existence. “We are working hard to launch our selection campaign as soon as possible, to open the doors to everyone who aspires to do something tremendous in their lifetime,” she said online.
Are you ready to go to Mars? Watch the video below to learn more: