Amersfoort, 21st August 2013 - With ten days left before the end of its online application program, Mars One has received interest from more than 165,000 people hoping to be the first humans on Mars. The Mars One Application Program is turning out to be the most desired job vacancy in the world. People from over 140 countries are looking towards the final frontier and envisioning their life on another planet.
USA is at the top of the list of countries where most applicant are from-- 23% of all applicants being Americans, followed by China, Brazil, India, Russia, UK, Mexico, Canada, Spain and the Philippines.
Bas Lansdorp, CEO and co-founder of Mars One said: "The cultural diversity of Mars One applicants reflects the international nature of this project and ultimately makes it humanity's mission to Mars.”
Dr. Norbert Kraft, Chief Medical Officer of Mars One said: “The response to the first round of the Astronaut Selection Program has been tremendous. We now have a large group of applicants from where we can start our search. Finding the best crews of qualified and compatible individuals is crucial to the success of our mission.”
Mars One will continue to accept online applications until 31st of August 2013. Anyone over the age of 18 considering themselves qualified should enter the program by applying online.
Dr. Kraft encourages potential applicants: "It’s easily assumed that Mars One is only looking for pilots and engineers. Don't disqualify yourself too easily. If you wish to be a Mars pioneer despite of the risks and challenges that come with this job, you're already more qualified than most people on this planet. It's most important that you are healthy and smart and have the right mindset. Mars One will teach you the skills you need in the years of training ahead."
Completed applications will be screened by a team of Mars One experts. They will select the individuals who will pass to the next round of the Selection Program.
About Mars One
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish permanent human life on Mars. Human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. Mars One’s mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations. It is this public interest that will help finance this human mission to Mars.