A one-way ticket to mars may sound like science fiction, but it just became reality. Starting Monday, Mars One is accepting applications from interplanetary pioneers.
Applicants must be willing to go further than any human has ever been - to live on another world. The criteria: Candidates need to be adaptable, resilient, resourceful and a team player.
These explorers will be the new Christopher Columbus or Magellan, but there are downsides. There are no oceans, no trees and definitely no morning cup of coffee. Instead, these explorers will face dust storms, barren deserts and volcanoes as part of their mission.
And the biggest downside of all - they can never return to Earth.
But, Marsenorts won’t be taking off anytime soon. First, they will undergo eight years of intensive training - isolated from the rest of the world, learning to live in close spaces.
They will take off on their mission in 2022. No human has ever stepped foot on the red planet.
Mars One is a non-profit organization. It is relying on donations and sponsorships to fund the project. The group estimates the cost of putting the first four people on Mars at about $6 billion.