Mars One Way Trip Madness: 1,058 People Selected, Hopeful to Live on Mars Until They Die? 34 Percent Younger Than 25, 45 Percent Are Female, New 2025 Mission Details [VIDEO]
Mars One announced the second round of astronauts that will hopefully be selected to begin human life on Mars in 2025.
From a pool of 202,586 applicants, Mars One selected 1,058 people that still need to be weeded out for smaller groups that will go to Mars and establish human life on Martian soil.
"We're extremely appreciative and impressed with the sheer number of people who submitted their applications. However, the challenge with 200,000 applicants is separating those who we feel are physically and mentally adept to become human ambassadors on Mars from those who are obviously taking the mission much less seriously. We even had a couple of applicants submit their videos in the nude!" Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp described the candidates.
So what happens next?
"The next several selection phases in 2014 and 2015 will include rigorous simulations, many in team settings, with focus on testing the physical and emotional capabilities of our remaining candidates," Norbert Kraft, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Mars One and recipient of the 2013 NASA Group Achievement Award said. "We expect to begin understanding what is motivating our candidates to take this giant leap for humankind. This is where it really gets exciting for Mars One, our applicants, and the communities they're a part of."
The Mars One applicants came from over 140 countries, with the largest numbers from the United States. Other countries are India, China, Brazil, Great Britain, Canada, Russia, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Australia, France, Turkey, Chile, Ukraine, Peru, Germany, Italy, and Poland.
According to NatureWorldNews.com, 34 percent of the 1,058 applicants are younger than 25-years-old, 65 percent are between 26 and 55, and 2 percent are older than 55. Fifty-five percent are male, while 45 percent are female. Three percent hold a medical degree, while 63 percent hold a bachelor's degree.
By 2015, six to ten teams of four individuals will be selected for seven years of full-time training. In 2023, one of those teams will become the first humans ever to land on Mars and live there for the rest of their lives, according to Mars One.
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