Though most of the attention is on NASA and SpaceX these days when it comes to space travel, it’s easy to forget there’s another project in the works trying to get us to Mars within the next decade — albeit as a reality television series.
Mars One has been quietly plugging along for a couple of years now, having started with 200,000 potential applicants all vying for a spot on a ship eventually heading for the Red Planet. The one-way trip has now trimmed the list of potential astronauts down to just 100 wannabe astronauts — and here’s who made the cut.
The full list is an eclectic bunch, loaded with international applicants and a mix of young and older folks. Mars One has released the names of everyone involved, all compiled into a nifty searchable database (complete with headshots, bios and videos!). Considering they plan to turn the mission into a reality TV series to fund the thing, it makes sense they’d start trying to familiarize the public with the applicants a bit.
The finalists are separated into 50 men and 50 women, with 39 hailing from the Americas, 31 from Europe, 16 from Asia, 7 from Africa and 7 from Oceania. The plan is to eventually send the 20 winners off to Mars in groups of four to establish a permanent colony. The whole thing — from training to the trip, and life on Mars — will be chronicled and turned into a television series.
The company hopes to have the first team land on Mars around 2025, but much of the eventual mission hinges on an unmanned proof-of-concept test flight set for 2018. If that actually works, there’s a chance this insanely ambitious project might actually get off the ground.
Check out the list of finalists and let us know who you’re pulling for.
(Via Mars One)