And then there were … - reality TV financed space exploration house Mars One continuous to whittle down its list of potential astronauts. After initially receiving almost a quarter million applications, the number was cut to 1058 in the first round, and yet again to 705. Next up are more interviews followed by the formation of international teams consisting of two men and women each, which will then enter a rigorous training program.
The group of candidates that will not continue to the interview round dropped out due to personal reasons and medical reasons. […] After the interview round, the group of candidates will be narrowed down to several international teams consisting of two women and two men. These teams of prospective Mars settlers will be prepared for the mission by participating full time in an extensive training program.
Training to go to Mars will be their full time job. Whole teams and individuals might be selected out during training when they prove not to be suitable for the mission. Mars One will repeat the selection process regularly to train additional teams to replace eliminated teams and crews of settlers that have successfully left Earth to live on Mars.