One-Way Mars Colony Project Draws 200,000 Volunteers: Space.comSubmitted by Chris Cheesecurdski on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 20:16
First the blurb from www.patriotpost.com :
"Looking to help populate the Mars One colony? The goal of getting people on the red planet as technology becomes available reached a milestone this week: 202,586 individuals successfully signed up as volunteers. Meanwhile, just 36,000 people successfully enrolled in the Healthcare.gov exchange in its first week. The Mars colony also probably has better prospects."
Now from www.space.com :
One-Way Mars Colony Project Draws 200,000 Volunteers
By Megan Gannon, News Editor | September 11, 2013
The non-profit Mars One Foundation hopes to send teams of four spaceflyers on one-way Mars colony missions starting in 2023. Its initial 19-week application window closed on Aug. 31, with a final tally of 202,586 volunteers.
The Dutch nonprofit Mars One aims to land four colonists on the Red Planet in 2023. Do you want to be one of them?
Yes — Sign me up!
No — I like life here on Earth just fine.
Maybe — I need some time to think about it.
Irrelevant — I don't think this mission will ever get off the ground.
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The only requirement to apply was to be over age 18. Those selected to move on to the next round will be notified by the end of this year. Over the next two years, a selection committee will narrow down that pool to up to 40 candidates, who will then begin seven years of astronaut training. A public vote will determine which four will be the first to go to Mars, never to return.
The applicant pool is quite diverse with more than 140 countries represented, Mars One said in a statement. Nearly a quarter of the aspiring Mars colonists are from the United States...