June 26, 2017

Mars One Finalists Announced

Mars One

The planners behind the Mars One mission have chosen the final 100 candidates to become the first people to colonize the Red Planet. From a starter pool of more than 200,000 applicants, the field has been narrowed to 50 men and 50 women, including 33 Americans.

According to Mars One, this first set of astronauts will establish a permanent colony in 2025. From the top 100 finalists, a selection committee will determine who will move on to the next round, which will result in several groups of four astronauts chosen sometime in 2015. It is expected that the selection and training process will then be documented and broadcast as the project nears completion in a few years. Since being announced in 2012, the privately established mission to Mars has had its fair share of skeptics along the way.

This week, science booster Neil deGrasse Tyson declared the project financially unsustainable in its current form. Last year, a group of UAE imams even issued a fatwa against joining the mission, stating that to do so knowing you may not return is a form of suicide. If you are still a believer in the Mars One mission, you can contribute to the mission at Indiegogo here.

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