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Mars One narrows applicant pool to 1,058 in first cut for 2025 colonization mission

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Dec
2013

Mars One, the organization attempting to send small teams of astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, has made its first round of applicant decisions, selecting just over 1,000 people to move on to the next stage of what it hopes will be a decade-long, televised training and colonization mission. Mars Ones proposal for private colonization has elicited both enthusiasm and skepticism, particularly because the actual process bears similarities to a reality TV show. The exact details of the next rounds havent been nailed down, but applicants could be given interviews or asked to complete group challenges meant to test their physical and emotional capabilities, with everything recorded for eventual TV broadcast; We fully anticipate many of our remaining candidates to become celebrities in their towns, cities, and in many cases, countries, said co-founder Bas Lansdorp in a statement.

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