Last year over 201,000 hopefuls from around the world applied to become a part of the one-way colonization mission known as the Mars One. The ambitious project, which aims to send its first team to the Red Planet in 2024, has officially contacted the 1,058 candidates who passed their initial screening stage.
Whilst around 99% of would-be space explorers will be disappointed by the results of this first screening stage, this announcement is amazing news for the select few who made the grade. Of course a secondary screening process will now begin to determine which candidates possess both the physical and emotional capabilities which such a unique mission will require.
Selected candidates were informed of their inclusion in the Mars One project by email on Monday, but there is still time to reapply for anyone who was not selected in the first round. Throughout 2014 and 2015, a rigorous selection process will continue to whittle down the 1,058 remaining candidates through tests and simulations. It is expected that Mars One will even become the subject of a reality television series as hopeful colonists vie for a place in the annals of history.