According to the Mars One website, “Mars 2023: Inhabitants Wanted: Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. We invite you to participate by sharing our vision with your friends, and, perhaps, by becoming the next Mars astronaut yourself.”
Of these 100,000 people, 30,000 of them are Americans. Beginning in 2022, some of these people may get a chance to take a one-way trip to Mars.
The application fee for signing up is not very much. For Americans, its $38, while for Mexicans its only $15. It is based on the gross domestic product per capita of each country.
Check out the CNN article “More than 100,000 want to go to Mars and not return, project says” for more on this story.
Of course, out of these hundreds of thousands of applications, only a very small few will actually go to Mars, if the mission even gets off the ground.
Mars One is a non-profit organization that plans to establish a permanent colony on the planet Mars by 2023. Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp is organizing and popularizing this venture.
It is planned that in 2022, four people from this core of applicants will be launched inside a spacecraft for a trip to Mars.
In 2025, another four-person crew will be sent to the planet; and, thereforth, every two years another four-person crew will be sent to Mars (four trips in total).
In all, every step of these private astronauts will be documented for all of us to see here on Earth -- no doubt with as much commercial exposure as possible!
According to the Kurzweilai.net article Mars One plans to establish human settlement on Mars in 2023, “ the (estimated) dates set for this Mars One venture are:
- 2013: a replica of the Martian settlement will be built on Earth for training purposes.
- 2014: a communication satellite for the mission will be made.
- 2015: the astronaut selection process will be completed; six teams of four each.
- 2016: a supply mission will be launched with about 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of food in a 5-meter (16 feet) diameter version of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft
- 2018: an exploration vehicle will launch to choose the location of the human settlement.
- 2021: six additional Dragon space capsules and another Martian rover will launch with two living units, two life support units and two supply units.
- 2022: a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch with the first group of four astronauts.
- 2023: the first astronauts will arrive on Mars in a modified Dragon capsule.
- 2025: a second group of four astronauts will arrive.