If all goes according to the nonprofit’s plan, 100 people will jet off to Mars in 2024. Pictured is a spacecraft launched from a NASA facility, but NASA won’t take part in Mars One’s mission.
Dutch nonprofit Mars One has named 100 people who will remain in the running for a one-way trip to Mars, expected to leave Earth in 2024. Out of more than 200,000 people who applied, 24 will be trained for the mission and four will take the first trip, if all goes according to plan.
If this is the first you’re hearing of a one-way trip to Mars, check out our story on the organization and the people who signed up to die on Mars:
- Daniel Max Carey, 52, a data architect who lives in Annandale, Va. Here you can read about what Carey’s family thinks of him potentially leaving the planet.
- Oscar Mathews, 32, of Suffolk, Va., a nuclear engineer and Navy reservist.
- Michael Joseph McDonnell, 50, of Fairfax, Va.
- Laura Maxine Smith-Velazquez, 38, a human factors and systems engineer in Owings Mills, Md.
- Sonia Nicole Van Meter, 36, a political consultant who recently moved from Austin, Tex., to Alexandria, Va.
- Leila Rowland Zucker, 46, an emergency room doctor at Howard University Hospital in D.C. We wrote about Zucker, her husband, Ron, and their little blue row house.
Here’s how Mars One describes what comes next for these candidates:
“The following selection rounds will focus on composing teams that can endure all the hardships of a permanent settlement on Mars. The candidates will receive their first shot at training in the copy of the Mars Outpost on Earth and will demonstrate their suitability to perform well in a team.”
To fund the estimated $6 billion trip (for just the first four people), Mars One will be televising the remainder of thecompetition to narrow the group down to 24. Those 24 people will be divided into six teams of four that will compete to determine which group is most prepared to leave for Mars in 2024.
Mars One released a trailer for that broadcast, but no air date is set.