Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2013

Colonists Wanted to Live on Mars

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Image Credit: Mars One Merchandise Store (click pic to visit)

Image Credit: Mars One Merchandise Store (click pic to visit)

Dutch not-for-profit company Mars One is looking to recruit would-be astronauts for a one-way ticket to Mars. The firm announced their selection criteria this week.

The concept is simple – turn the selection and training process into a global reality TV series, and use the revenues to pay for the flight to mars. The winning candidates would not be leaving the earth on an interplanetary vacation – they would be leaving the planet for good. The colonist would form an advance party with the aim of helping to establish a large, permanent, martian colony. They would then be joined by people paying around $500,000 for a one way flight out to the red planet. The first flights have been penciled in for 2028.

So if you fancy a rather dramatic change of scenery you might want to take a look at the Mars One selection criteria – and don’t worry, they aren’t looking for top scientists or professional athletes. The main requirement, in fact, is that you look like your capable of living in an enclosed space on an alien world without going totally insane.

“In spaceflight missions, the primary personal attributes of a successful astronaut are emotional and psychological stability, supported by personal drive and motivation.” says the Mars One website.

The main things that the selectors will be looking for are: resilience, adaptability, curiosity, ability to trust, creativity and resourcefulness.

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