And then there were only … 1058 - Reality TV funded Mars exploration company Mars One announced that it has short listed 1,000 individuals of the over 200,000 who applied to compete for their one way trip to Mars. The company also recently identified aerospace giant Lockheed Martin as a partner in advancing the technical designs needed to make the mission a reality. However, the TV rights to the endeavor are still being marketed/negotiated, so no word yet when first episodes might air to the anticipated global audience.
The chosen few will be taking part in a reality-TV style competition to cut them down to the final 40 candidates hoping to be the first immigrant Martians. The fun won’t stop there, though: the new citizens of Mars will also have their every move (including their, unfortunately, rather likely deaths) televised during the trip. The telly rights to the invasive Martian experiment are what the non-profit organisation is hoping will pay for the whole thing, which it reckons will cost around $4bn.
Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp said the project was excited with its “first tangible glimpse” of what the Martian colony could look like. “We’re extremely appreciative and impressed with the sheer number of people who submitted their applications,” he said. “However, the challenge with 200,000 applicants is separating those who we feel are physically and mentally adept to become human ambassadors on Mars from those who are obviously taking the mission much less seriously.