Remember that wacky Mars mission that wanted to make the trip a huge reality TV show to recoup the cost? Well, it's moving forward, and now we know some of the criteria to potentially compete for your very own one-way trip to the Red Planet.
Dubbed Mars One, the mission hopes to select a team of potential candidates and have them compete throughout the training process (estimated at 8 years), with the eventual winners strapped in to set up a colony on Mars in the year 2023.
So what does it take to make the cut? First off, you have to be at least 18 years old. After that, the selection committee will be looking for folks who possess five major characteristics: resiliency, adaptability, curiosity, ability to trust and creativity.
Here's how the Mars One team explains the process:
"In spaceflight missions, the primary personal attributes of a successful astronaut are emotional and psychological stability, supported by personal drive and motivation. This is the foundation upon a mission must be built, where human lives are at risk with each flight.Official applications are not available yet, though the organization hopes to open up the candidate pool within the next few months. Admittedly, this is still a long shot—but you've got to admit a Martian reality show would be pretty cool.
Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth. Mars is home. A grounded, deep sense of purpose will help each astronaut maintain his or her psychological stability and focus as they work together toward a shared and better future."
Would you sign on for Mars One?
(Via Giant Freakin Robot)