According to the Mars One’s official website, this project will be the “next giant leap for mankind”.
Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024. The first unmanned mission will be launched in 2018.
The brainchild behind this experiment is a Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp who intends on making this initiative into a reality TV series.
From 202,586 hopefuls, to the 100 would-be astronauts, a 24-year-old astrophysics student at Birmingham University, Maggie Lieu, has been named as one of the 100 shortlisted candidates.
“I found out at 6am that I’d made the final 100,” Maggie Lieu told UK’s The Independent from her home in Coventry, shortly after receiving the phone call that could change her life forever.
Along with 50 men and 49 other women, she has been selected to spend the next 10 years learning everything she needs to know to live on the Red Planet as part of the Mars One project.
If her training is successful – and it will all be broadcast on reality television around the world to fund the mission – she could make the team of 40 chosen ones to leave Earth. The first spacecraft, carrying two men and two women, is due to depart in 2024.
The experimental project has been greatly criticized in China which believe it to be a hoax and according to a Chinese scholar it is a “blatant commercial hype”, too good to be true.