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Mars One selection to be a reality TV show

Posted on Thursday, 2 January, 2014 | Comment icon 31 comments

The one-way trip would see astronauts living permanently on Mars. Image Credit: Mars One / Bryan Vertseeg
The organisers of the Mars One project are hoping to broadcast a 'Big Brother' style TV series.
When Mars One announced that it was offering people the opportunity to take part in a one-way trip to the Red Planet, few could have predicted that by the time applications had closed there would be more than 200,000 volunteers signed up.

Through a thorough screening process organizers have since narrowed this list down to 1,058 applicants from 107 countries. Many of those who applied were quickly ruled out due to "not taking the mission seriously" including several who filmed themselves for the application process naked.

To narrow the list of candidates down to the final target of just 40 individuals, the mission's organizers are planning to host an ambitious reality TV series.

"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," said Mars One chief medical officer Norbert Kraft.

If the mission does go ahead then it could see the winning candidates blasting off to Mars by 2025, however there still remain grave doubts over the financial and technical feasibility of such an endeavor. The next step, hoping to take place within the next few years, will be to send a satellite and robotic lander to Mars to help test out the technologies needed for the actual mission.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (31)

Tags: Mars One

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #22 Posted by mxcx on 3 January, 2014, 17:22
I've seen horror movies start like this.
Comment icon #23 Posted by DONTEATUS on 3 January, 2014, 18:25
Back on topic ! The Mars One crews will be actually going where no man has gone before ! Out of the Thousands that are trying to get to be the first! Im sure that almost all of them have thought long and deep about the possibility of a tradgic end even before it gets off the ground. Afterall Its going to be years before Its even possible for them to Leave ! My prayers will indeed go with all of these brave exploriers ! I wish I could Go ! To Walk on Mars and Just Be the first to do such would be worth even Dieing on that Planet, Just not by crashing into it ! Thats the real tricky part ! I Kno... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by alfonso on 3 January, 2014, 21:06
from x-factor to the mars factor
Comment icon #25 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 4 January, 2014, 1:23
No. No, just... Let's not and say we did.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Still Waters on 5 January, 2014, 14:44
A mission to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2024 just took another step closer to launch. The Dutch non-profit Mars One which is organising the mission said it had selected 1,058 candidates from a pool of more than 200,000 applicants to enter the first round of testing before a final team is selected to make a one-way trip to Mars. http://www.standardm...ay-trip-to-mars
Comment icon #27 Posted by spud the mackem on 5 January, 2014, 22:17
Is Earth so bad that people are willing to leave it for certain (probably nasty) death, or are they exhibitionists who want to go down in History as the first Humans to step on another planet. I would want a guaranteed return ticket before I volunteered. There are still places on Earth that are untouched by Humans and you remain alive.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Render on 7 January, 2014, 8:49
This is gonna be so interesting, can't wait.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Ashiene on 8 January, 2014, 17:14
To back up my point, here are two articles arguing for older astronauts to be sent to Mars: This story from the Daily Mail in 2010 contains the following: Whilst this story, from The Conversation, about Denis Tito's project to send a couple on a mission to Mars and back (without landing) says: Both of the links and quotes you mention are completely irrelevant to my post and this mission. Because both of them mention one of the top reasons for not sending young people are due to their being of child-bearing age. Do you really think the pioneer group of astronauts are going to be breeding and ra... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Erowin on 11 January, 2014, 1:44
I really, really want a Mars colony. I mean that is the first step in space colonization, which I am a big big fan of. But I don't want to get my hopes up about this- it seems like one of those grandiose projects that never end up panning out. The money it will cost is probably going to be higher than estimated when problems arise, and they will- no one has done this before, so theres really no guidebook. And I'm not sure the technology is even really there. Mars has gravity, but it's lower than Earths. No one knows what this lower-gravity effect will have on human health- it could slowly kill... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by thyra on 11 January, 2014, 21:07
And I'm honestly shocked to see so many young people begging for the chance. I mean, yeah, who doesn't want to go to Mars? But this would be utter isolation- you would never see family members again, the only people around you will be a handful of strangers you might find you don't end liking. And you must stay in little pods with them until you die. You would have a very small living space, which might make some people stir crazy after a while. Certainly after 10 years. No more tasty food, no sex, no going on strolls in parks, or shopping in the city, no fun clothes or makeup.... it seems lik... [More]

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