Mars One Selects First Astronaut Candidates Out Of A Pool Of 200,000, 1,058 Hopefuls Represent 107 Countries

December 30, 2013 6:15 PM

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Mars One Selects First Astronaut Candidates Out Of A Pool Of 200,000, 1,058 Hopefuls Represent 107 Countries

Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp said he was overwhelmed by the number of applicants and the response to the foundation’s attempt to settle a human colony on Mars. With 200,000 applicants, Lansdorp and the selection committee had to sort through all the candidates to determine which individuals were truly serious about becoming an astronaut and securing a one-way ticket to Mars.

While the mission may be a serious one, that’s not to say the applicant pool was boring by any stretch of the imagination. Lansdorp said in a statement, “The challenge with 200,000 applicants is separating those who we feel are physically and mentally adept to become human ambassadors on Mars from t...

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