We’ve all occasionally glanced into the heavens, wondering what secrets lay
behind the brilliant planets and stars which occupy our universe. First it was the moon in
1969, with Buzz Aldrin declaring the memorable phrase, “This is one small
step for man, and one giant leap for mankind.”
Now, mankind is ready for its second giant leap, a mission to Mars. At first, it
sounds like your classic intro to a redundantly cheesy Sci-Fi horror film, but it’s actually
being considered. The mission is called Mars One, and has been the center of much
heated debate and controversy. It is one thing to dream of exploring Mars, but
completely different when keeping in mind all the requirements for a successful mission.
What kind of ship will be used to transport the astronauts? How long will it take? When
will it happen? Will there be enough resources for that long of a journey? All these
questions have been examined by the Mars One team consisted of many talented
individuals who all assigned a key role based on their strengths (Fundraising, Graphic
Design, Engineering) to make the Mars One mission a reality.
The main objective for the Mars One mission is not only to explore the red planet,
but to permanently inhabit it as well, meaning the astronauts who leave for the mission
are to never return. This filters out a majority of applicants, ironically assisting the
search process, leaving thousands remaining with hopes that they will be one of
the very few to go down in history as the first humans to step foot on another planet.
The ship designed to carry the crew is equipped to handle four astronauts. These
astronauts are to be resilient, adaptable, and most of all trustworthy. But with so many
potential applicants, how is the Mars One team to go about siphoning down the
thousands of applicants, until they are only left with the four most qualified individuals?
Through 4 selective rounds, kind of like tryouts, each round tests the applicant’s
durability, while becoming progressively harder, narrowing the amount of potential
candidates remaining, until they are left with the crew responsible for colonizing Mars.
First Round: All candidates are required to submit an application. Candidates can
submit their application in one of the 11 most used languages on Internet: English,
Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Indonesian, Chinese
Mandarin, Japanese, Korean online to the Mars One website. Within the application,
applicants must disclose details about their life, prior training and experience, along with
a letter and a one minute video asserting why they deserve to be amongst the first of
our species to explore another planet. The most elite of the Mars One team then decides
whether or not which applicants make it to the next round.
Seems easy enough. The common app for colleges seemed more difficult.
Second Round: When the amount of applicants has been trickled down a bit, the
remaining individuals are then required to provide a medical history from their own
physicians, declaring them healthy and free of any potential pathogens that could get
the rest of the crew ill. After providing their medical statement they are then subjected to
an interview with the Mars One medical chief, Norbert Kraft, who questions potential
crew members on knowledge based questions about the mission and personal
motivations. The Mars One team then picks those who they think deserve to move onto
the next round accordingly.
Round Three: This round is sure to be the most entertaining. By this time, a good
majority of the applicants will have been eliminated, and the few that remain will be
among the elite considered. To accurately determine which candidates are to move on
to the last and final round, a series of group challenges testing stamina, strength,
knowledge, and durability will be conducted and observed by not only the Mars One
team, but potentially the whole world as Mars One expects to broadcast and publicize
this and any future parts of the selection process.
Round Four: By this time, the world will be honed in on which four individuals are
to represent the human race, and take the next leap forward into exploring the final
frontier. The Mars One selection committee will separate the remaining individuals into
groups of four, in which they are to live in a simulation of what is to be expected on the
Mars outpost. The Mars One selection committee will be observing their every move,
deciding which group is most capable of the mission.
The Mars One team states in the very beginning of their website,
“For anyone not interested to go to Mars, moving permanently to Mars would be the worst kind of punishment. Most people would give an arm and a leg to be allowed to stay on Earth it is often difficult for them to understand why anyone would want to go”
So I ask, do you have what it takes to be on the Mars One mission?
For more information regarding the mission, visit www.Mars-One.com
“Mars One Astronauts – Mission – Mars One.” Mars One. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2015.
Image via ‘Mars One’