MARS COLONY PROJECT NARROWS APPLICANTS DOWN TO 100
The private Mars One project that aims to land four colonists on the Red Planet in 2025 as the start of a permanent colony has narrowed its pool of applicants down to 100 people, the Netherlands-based nonprofit announced on Monday (February 16th).
More than 202,000 people applied when the selection process opened in April 2013, and the latest cut came after the project’s medical director has interviewed the 660 candidates who’d made it through previous culls.
The remaining group of candidates consists of 50 men and 50 women who range in age from 19 to 60, 39 of them from the Americas — including 33 from the U.S. — 31 from Europe, 16 from Asia, seven from Africa and seven from Australia.
They will take part next in group challenges to test their ability to deal with life on Mars.