100 finalists selected for one-way trip to Mars
Mars One, the Dutch nonprofit group, has named the 100 finalists who have the opportunity to take a one-way trip to Mars and live out their lives there.
They have been selected from 200,000 people who applied.
24 will be trained for the mission, and four will take the first trip, according to the Washington Post.
The mission to Mars is expected to leave Earth in 2024.
The applications were open to anyone 18 and over, and to the people most dedicated to the cause.
Mars One describes what comes next for the candidates:
“The following selection rounds will focus on composing teams that can endure all the hardships of a permanent settlement on Mars. The candidates will receive their first shot at training in the copy of the Mars Outpost on Earth and will demonstrate their suitability to perform well in a team.”
The Washington Post reports that Mars One will televise what’s left of the competition in order to fund the estimated $6 billion trip.
No air date has been set yet.
Mars One has released this trailer for the broadcast:
For more information on Mars One, go to: www.mars-one.com