Mars One accepting applications for one-way trip to 'Red Planet', more than 165,000 want to go
4:55 PM, Aug 26, 2013
5:04 PM, Aug 26, 2013
If you've ever seriously considered living on another planet, but you're not even an astronaut, here's your chance.
August 31 is the last day Dutch-based organization Mars One is accepting applications for a one-way excursion to Mars, NBC News reports. http://wfts.tv/13U1KA1
Those selected to go would be employed by the company, but you don't need a specific degree; the only requirement is you must be over the age of 18.
More than 165,000 from 140 countries around the world have applied, but the bulk of applications have come from the U.S.
As the term "one-way" suggests, the Mars One crew wouldn't be brought back to Earth, instead they would be "trailblazers", making Mars their home.
There will be several rounds to whittle down the contestants, including a regional-level, reality TV contest were 20-40 applicants will participate in sorts of challenges they might face during their mission to Mars.
The final selections would will be hired by Mars One and receive training for the private Mars mission in 2015.
But even then, the Mars trip will several years away.
After seven years of training and a public vote, Mars One plans to launch its first crew to Mars in 2023.
They hope to finance a huge portion of the expense through advertisement fees from the reality TV show documenting the astronaut selection process and training.