At least 20,000 really adventurous people have applied for a crack at a permanent trip to the red planet.
After only one week, submissions to the Mars One project are pouring in — 600 from China alone.
Although the trip and training sound daunting, the requirements for candidates are wide open: If you show resilience, adaptability, and curiosity, you might qualify. Scientific and astronaut’s skills, however, are not required.
(Photo: Bryan Versteeg / Mars One)We might add that patience is a plus, since this particular one-way ticket to the red planet, offered by the Dutch organization Mars One, won’t be available until 2023.
That doesn’t seem to be deterring potential Mars explorers. In the last year, 10,000 people from 100 countries have expressed interest in the program, and now many applicants who have ponied up the application fee have submitted and shared their one-minute videos, which have been made public on the Mars One website.