Fed up of Earth? Go and live on Mars.
Are you bored of your dull, meaningless existence on Earth? Do you long for a life far, far away, perhaps on another planet? Did you enjoy the film John Carter of Mars? If the answer to at least two of those questions is “Yes, someone finally understands me!” then you may be interested to discover that Mars One, the not-for-profit space flight organisation are looking for people to colonize Mars.
Yes, that’s right, you will soon be able to apply to live on Mars. Their aim is to “establish a human outpost on the planet Mars in 2023” and Mars One will begin their Astronaut Application Programme in the first half of this year.
You must be at least 18 years old to apply but you don’t need experience in space travel or have any astronomical skills. The perfect candidate should have five key characteristics: resiliency, adaptability, curiosity, ability to trust and creativity/resourcefulness.
Sound good? Well, just so you’re aware, it’s a one way ticket. There is quite literally no going back.
On the Mars One website, they explain, “Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth. Mars is home. A grounded, deep sense of purpose will help each astronaut maintain his or her psychological stability and focus as they work together toward a shared and better future.”
It’s all part of a grand idea to broadcast a Big Brother-style reality TV show, where the Mars mission is televised to the whole world. It’s an ambitious idea, but proving popular already with wannabe astronauts; so far they’ve received over a thousand emails from people who want to join.
In 2022, several months before departure, at least six groups of four will be ready for the trip, but at first, only one group will head over to the Red Planet. So who decides which group will be first to walk on Mars? Yep, you guessed it – the public. Someone tell Dermot O’Leary to clear his diary for 2022.
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