Update: 80,000 People Apply for One-Way Mars MissionMay 10th, 2013
Just recently, we provided details on how to apply for a mission to Mars. Now, the Guardian reports that nearly 80,000 people have already paid their $5 – $75 application fee and submitted their names to join Mars One on the one-way mission to Mars. Mars One, the Dutch company behind the proposed mission, says it has received applications from more than 120 countries. It also says that the role of Mars explorer/guinea pig is “the most desired job in history.” More than 17,000 of the applicants are from the US which is the most of any country so far. Mars One hopes to have 500,000 applicants by August of this year and, by 2015, plans to select 28-40 people out of that list to begin a seven-year training program.
Best of all, Mars One is posting people’s video applications to its site and you can vote for your favorite.