Making the Cut

Mars One, a non-profit organization that plans to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2025, has selected its semi-finalists.

Mars One officials have completed the semi-final round of its selection process for the first four person crew to travel to Mars, one way. When Mars One first solicited applications, this aerospace geek posed the question on social media: Would you travel to and live out the rest of your days on Mars? How would you answer? Most people responded with excitement and intrigue tempered by varying levels of fright; others wouldn’t go to Mars, but said (jokingly) that they would happily send their mother-in-law, ex-husband, etc.

To the surprise of some skeptics, Mars One officials had their pick of more than 200,000 applicants vying to travel one-way to Mars. Mars One officials, having just completed an elimination round, cut the field of applicants to 1,058 potential astronauts.

The ambitious Mars One project aims to establish the first human settlement on Mars and, not only that, but also continue to grow the population on Mars by launching subsequent missions. They plan to send four pioneers every two years following the arrival of the previous crew.

The semi-finalists include both male and female applicants, which gives many cause to wonder whether (or when) we will see the first human child born on the surface of Mars. This military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek is excited about the possibility. Check out this geek’s next blog when he profiles some Northwestern applicants that made the cut.

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