Mars One, a Dutch-based nonprofit company which hopes to put the first colonists on the Red Planet in 2023, released its basic astronaut requirements today, setting the stage for a televised global selection process that will begin later this year. (Original story from Yahoo!News can be found HERE.)
Mars One isn’t looking for scientists or former fighter pilots; anyone 18 years or older can apply. The most important criteria are intelligence, good mental and physical health and dedication to the project, as astronauts will undergo eight years of training before launch.
And, yes, it looks like they plan to finance this by staging a reality TV show for the selection of the colonists… but, y’know what? They’ve made shows about worse things. This, at least, is something worthwhile… or at least, more worthwhile than, say, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”.
Also note that they aren’t looking for explorers, but for colonists… this is a one-way trip, folks. If you’re going, you ain’t comin’ back. You’d be like the family at the end of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, staring into the canal at “the martians”, as their reflections look back at them.
Would I do this? In a heartbeat. I mean, I know it’s easy for me to say (as, health-wise, there’s no way I’d qualify), but to have the chance to be among the first humans to live on another world? Yeah. Yeah, I’d do it.
But, in the meantime, I’ll let Mr. Quaid have the last word for now…