Mars One, the privately funded organisation aiming to train a group of volunteer astronauts to go on a one-way trip to Mars, are now in their third round of their selection process, leaving them with a list of only 100 candidates.
The final 100 have been chosen from an initial 200,000 applications, including 39 from America, 31 from Europe, 16 from Asia, 7 from Africa and 7 from Oceania.
They are it seems, a hugely varied bunch as their profile pages and video diaries suggest; with 60 year old Pakastini Reginald being the oldest, down to 20 year old Zaskia from Bolivia the youngest. They all however want to live, work and die on the red planet as part of a select few if they are successful.
The company Mars One have raised funds during the selection process by initially launching an Indiegogo campaign which raised just over $300k, falling slightly short of their $400k target. However, as the awareness increases, it’s clear the TV networks will be fighting hard to obtain the rights to what could undoubtedly become the ultimate in reality TV.
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