About Mars One
Mars One is a non-government, private organization whose intent is to establish a human settlement on Mars through the integration of existing, readily available technologies from industry leaders world-wide. Unique in its approach, Mars One intends to fund this decade-long endeavor by involving the whole world as the audience of an interactive, televised broadcast of every aspect of this mission, from launch to landing to living on Mars.
Over 600 Chinese people have signed up
Through the sale of broadcast rights, Mars migration project raises the necessary funds. Last year, there had been more than 20,000 people from more than 100 countries expressed their interests in the program through the mail and etc out of which at least more than 600 are Chinese people.
“China has a large population, which means a larger number of applicants.” said Clay Calvert, which is the reason the second press conference was held in Shanghai, “In addition, China’s space technology has achieved great advancement in recent years, I heard that many Chinese children’ dream is to become an astronaut, aerospace industry in China has a very good foundation. ”
Qualifications of applications
In 2013 Mars One will conduct a global search to find the best candidates for the first human mission to Mars in 2023. On Mars, the primary responsibility for the astronauts is to keep everything, and everyone, up and running. This will be a particular challenge for the first teams. They will need the skills to solve any potential problem – some of which will be completely unforeseeable. Their combined skill sets of each team member must cover a very wide range of disciplines. The astronauts must be intelligent, creative, psychologically stable and physically healthy. On this page, we offer a brief introduction to the basics of our astronaut selection process.
The astronaut selection process
In spaceflight missions, the primary personal attributes of a successful astronaut are emotional and psychological stability, supported by personal drive and motivation. This is the foundation upon a mission must be built, where human lives are at risk with each flight.
Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth. Mars is home. A grounded, deep sense of purpose will help each astronaut maintain his or her psychological stability and focus as they work together toward a shared and better future.
Mars One cannot stress enough the importance of an applicant’s capacity for self-reflection. Without this essential foundation, the five key characteristics listed below cannot be utilized to the fullest potential.
Five Key Characteristics of an Astronaut
|Ability to Trust|
|Creativity / Resourcefulness|
The astronaut selection program will be open for applicants who are 18 years or older.
Medical and Physical Requirements
In general, normal medical and physiological health standards will be used. These standards are derived from evidence-based medicine, verified from clinical studies. The applicant must be free from any disease, any dependency on drugs, alcohol or tobacco, must have the normal range of motion and functionality in all joints, visual acuity in both eyes of 100% (20/20) either uncorrected or corrected with lenses or contact lenses, free from any psychiatric disorders. It is important to be healthy, with an age- and gender-adequate fitness level. Blood pressure should not exceed 140/90 measured in a sitting position. The standing height must be between 157 and 190 cm.
Country of Origin & Language
Mars One accepts applicants from any country in the world. It is possible to apply in one of the 11 most used languages on Internet: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese. The official language will be English. Nevertheless, when a candidate applies for the selection program, it is not necessary for him or her to possess an extensive knowledge of English: we will provide candidates with documentation in different languages. As applicants progress through the selection procedure, requirements on their English skills will increase.
The astronaut selection program will start in the first half of 2013. If you want to stay up to date, you can sign up for the Mars One Newsmail, and receive all updates and announcements regarding the Astronaut Application Program and selection criteria.