Mars One Reality Show Reaches Next Small Step


Mars One, the innovative reality show format and space travel project proposed by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, has reached the next phase of its long-term plan to make the first human residents of Mars into a TV show.

marsone_settlement_camera_13HR_aA press release published on Monday announced that the non-profit organisation are starting their ‘astronaut selection programme’ as of yesterday, inviting would-be travellers from around the world to submit an application online.

The requirements for participants to the project are simply for anyone ‘over the age of 18′, while reminding potential applicants that it is a one-way trip that they would be signing up for, as a minority of pre-application inquiries have reportedly contacted Mars One without reading the fine print.

The mission of Mars One is a commercialised venture into space, using reality TV and sponsorship as the primary means of raising the $4b estimated to cover the mission, which could discover the first four Earthlings to set foot on the red planet. The structure of the contest will see a SpaceX ‘communication satellite’ and ‘path lander finder’ discover launched in 2016, finding suitable spots for habitation ready for the dispatch of automated living hubs and essential items such as food, itself performed ahead of the planned human arrival in 2023.

It is then hoped that following an initial team of four astronauts, further groups of the same size will be sent by Mars One every 2 years after as a means of establishing a colony, and perhaps calming down some of the over-ambitious claims directed at them for such a proposal, and ensuring that on the entertainment side of the plans, the show would hardly ever grow stale with a constant stream of new ‘cast members’.

Mars One co-founder Lansdorp previously said of the idea and its impact if successful: “This will be the biggest thing that humanity has ever done. In 15 years people will still be watching. Exploring our world, and now beyond is what humans do, it’s in our genome. The settlers’ dream of going to Mars will come true.”

He added on Monday of how history could be further established with the entire world getting behind the selection of an astronaut: We are very excited about launching the selection program. Round One is where we open the doors to Mars for everyone on Earth. This is an international mission and it is very important for the project that anyone anywhere can ask themselves: Do I want this? Am I ready for this? If the answer is yes then we want to hear from you. In 1000 years, everyone on Earth will still remember who the first humans on Mars were, just like Neil Armstrong has etched in our memories forever. This makes the selection of the first crew to a different planet a very important election; in my opinion more important than most elections. We hope the whole world will join Mars One in our democratic search of the envoys of mankind to Mars.”

With four people possibly making history in 10 year’s time under the Mars One plan, the ‘journey’ for those people could begin this year, as further explained by the official press release below. Hopefully all global viewers of the build-up process will realise that if implemented, it is a much more serious concept than any of the wide range of reality shows currently on offer, and that the last thing Mars One should consider giving airtime is a ‘famous for being famous’ would-be celebrity, even if putting them on a rocket in the opposite direction would please many…

 

NEW YORK, Monday, 22nd April 2013 – Mars One is happy to announce the launch of its astronaut selection program today. The search has begun for the first humans to set foot on Mars and make it their home.

Mars One invites would-be Mars settlers from anywhere in the world to submit an online application via apply.mars-one.com.

This online application will be the first of the four rounds that together make the Mars One selection procedure. Round One will run for over five months and end on 31st August 2013. Applicants selected at the end of this round will include the first crew that will land on Mars in 2023. Mars One selection committees will hone the search for the first crew in three subsequent rounds and further training.

“We are very excited about launching the selection program. Round One is where we open the doors to Mars for everyone on Earth. This is an international mission and it is very important for the project that anyone anywhere can ask themselves: Do I want this? Am I ready for this? If the answer is yes then we want to hear from you,” said Bas Lansdorp, co-founder of Mars One.

In the last year Mars One received 10,000 messages from prospective applicants from over 100 countries. Mars One expects an unprecedented number of applications and even more internet users visiting the application website to support their favorite candidates.

Applicants are given the choice of publicly sharing and promoting their application page. While Mars One experts will choose which candidates progress to Round 2, everyone will have the opportunity to know the aspiring settlers and give them their vote of confidence.

Applicants will pay a small administration fee that varies across nations according to their per capita GDP. The variable fee makes the program equally accessible for applicants from all nations and also reduces the number of insincere entries.

“For this mission of permanent settlement we are more concerned with how well each astronaut lives and works with others and their ability to deal with a lifetime of challenges.”

“Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria,” said Norbert Kraft, Mars One’s Chief Medical Director and former NASA senior researcher.

“For this mission of permanent settlement we are more concerned with how well each astronaut lives and works with others and their ability to deal with a lifetime of challenges.”

Throughout the astronaut selection program, Mars One will select applicants who have good physical and mental health and show five key character traits: Resilience, Adaptability, Curiosity, Ability to trust others, and Creativity/Resourcefulness.

In the last stage when 24-40 candidates have been fully trained and qualified, the final decision of choosing the first settlers will be decided by an audience vote.

“In a 1000 years, everyone on Earth will still remember who the first humans on Mars were, just like Neil Armstrong has etched in our memories forever. This makes the selection of the first crew to a different planet a very important election; in my opinion more important than most elections. We hope the whole world will join Mars One in our democratic search of the envoys of mankind to Mars,” Lansdorp said.

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