Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One is accepting applications for a mission to Mars in 2023.
Anyone can apply by submitting applications and short videos. Mars One will choose applicants with courage, intelligence, psychological stability and a desire to spend the rest of their lives in space.
Mars One estimates that $6 billion will be needed to send the first four inhabitants to start a colony on the Red Planet. The organization plans to raise money with a televised reality series showing the selection and training process.
In an interview, Diamond Bar High School junior Brian Ahn said, “I can’t wait to watch the reality show. I hope to witness this amazing historical advance soon.”
Mars One hopes to recruit astronauts from around the world to create a colony populated by a diverse representation of Earth’s inhabitants.
“We want this to be a mission of humanity,” Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp told SPACE.com.