“Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules — and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress.” So wrote Kurt Vonnegut in his novel The Sirens of Titan, about a wealthy American who journeys to Mars. Here's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change your life and search for Vonnegut's chrono-synclastic infundibulum --"those places ... where all the different kinds of truths fit together."
After four rounds, ending in 2015; Mars One will employ 28–40 candidates, who will train for around 7 years. Finally an audience vote will elect one of groups in training to be the envoys of humanity to Mars.
Most applications so far have come from the U.S. (17324), followed by China (10241), United Kingdom (3581), Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India. The most popular candidate (for site visitors) so far is Anders from Sweden, a single, science-fiction fan ), and the highest-rated by visitors are Rickard (also from Sweden) and Arteum (from Russia).
“With 78,000 applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history, said Bas Lansdorp, Mars One Co-Founder and CEO. “These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants.”
As part of the application every applicant is required to explain his/her motivation behind their decision go to Mars in a one-minute video. Many applicants are choosing to publish this video on the Mars One website.
“Applicants we have received come from a very wide range of personalities, professions and ages,” said Dr. Norbert Kraft, Mars One Chief Medical Officer. “This is significant because what we are looking for is not restricted to a particular background. From Round 1 we will take forward the most committed, creative, resilient and motivated applicants.”
The Daily Galaxy via Mars One