This is not a sci-fi fantasy. Mars One, a non-profit organization in the Netherlands, is accepting applications now for people interested in moving permanently to Mars by 2023. The process in which four applications will be chosen along with the trip probably taking about a year will feature in an on-going media spectacle that organizers hope will cover the cost of colonizing Mars.
Incredible as it may be to be included among the very first humans to live on Mars, the demands of the job are not insignificant.
First of all, only four people will be going on the first expedition, and it is a one-way trip . In other words, once they leave Earth, they are expected never to return.
Besides leaving almost every one behind forever, there will not be much company on Mars. New settlers are planned to arrive every two years. That means, assuming everything goes to plan and none of the first settlers dies in the first two years, one’s entire community on the ground will consist of four people – counting oneself. There will be communication with Earth, however, and radio messages between Earth and Mars take about five minutes, much faster than the old-fashioned letters on which early immigrants to the new worlds depended as recently as a century ago.
The personal qualifications of the immigrants also suggest that Earth would be sending some of its most gifted members. Applicants must be at least 18. That’s the easy part. They must also be intelligent, resilient, adaptable, able to trust as well as communicate effectively, creative, and playful.
Apart from that, anybody can go.
For further information about how to apply, go to