You’re heading where? More than 1 000 people make shortlist to relocate to Mars

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17 January 2014

Seriously – would you want a one-way ticket to Mars? If you said yes you’d be just like the 200 000 people who applied for just that.

Seriously – would you want a one-way ticket to Mars? If you said yes you’d be just like the 200 000 people who applied for just that.

Bas Lansdorp, co-founder of Mars One – a Dutch non-profit organisation hoping to establish the first human settlement on Mars by 2025 – says 1 058 enthusiasts were notified by email to let them know they’ve made the shortlist to travel to Mars in 2025.

Landsdorp’s Mars One-project raised eyebrows in 2011 when it encouraged the public to bid to make the trip with one vital catch: they’re not coming back.

According to Lansdorp it was a challenge to make the selection. “We’re incredibly grateful and impressed with the number of applications,” he says.

“The challenge was to distinguish between applicants who are physically and mentally fit and strong enough to become human ambassadors on Mars and applicants who treat the mission as a bit of a joke.

“Some even appeared nude in their applications!”

The fortunate 1 058 will ultimately be whittled down to 24 over the next two years. Those on the shortlist will undergo various physical and emotional tests. If they fail, they lose their chance of going to Mars.

The whole process could possibly also be turned into a reality television series. “We expect many of those on the shortlist to become well-known in their hometowns and countries,” Lansdorp says. “It will get very interesting.” – Christiaan Boonzaier

Get the latest issue of YOU for more on the 25 South Africans short-listed to jet off to the red planet.

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