Mars One, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, intends to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023.
They need astronauts.
Today, Mars One released its application criteria. Among other virtues, astronaut candidates must have “a deep sense of purpose, willingness to build and maintain healthy relationships, the capacity for self-reflection and ability to trust. They must be resilient, adaptable, curious, creative and resourceful”. And be at least 18 years old (no maximum age has been set).
The selection process will begin during the first half of 2013.
Mars One experts and viewers of a “global, televized program” — think reality TV where the prize could be a trip to a dry, dusty world — will choose from among the applications.
Those ultimately selected will be assembled into teams of four.
At least six teams are supposed to be ready to launch in September 2022.
But only one team will make the first trip to the Red Planet, and that team will be decided democratically.
“The people of Earth will have a vote which group of four will be the first Earth ambassadors on Mars”, the Mars One website says.
Subsequent teams will be sent in two-year intervals.