A one-way trip to attempt to colonize Mars is being planned in 2024, and more than 600 people want go.
The Mars One Mission initially drew more than 200,000 applicants. That number has now dropped to just 660. According to The Guardian, there will be another round of the selection process, which will determine how the people work together.
A short film about Mars One was released Monday, via the Guardian, which can be seen here:
“The global search has begun for the first humans to set foot on Mars and make it their home. In an extensive training period, candidates will learn the skills they will need on Mars and on their journey there. The combined skill set of each astronaut team member will cover a very wide range of disciplines,” reads the Mars One website.
“In 1000 years, everyone on Earth will still remember who the first humans on Mars were. More than 200,000 men and women from around the world responded to the first call for astronauts,” it also theorizes.
Mars One is a Dutch not-for-profit organization, and it is attempting to raise money via donations, sponsorships, broadcaster rights, licensing intellectual property rights, and other efforts. The first mission will cost around $6 billion.
A number of missions to Mars are planned before the 2024 mission with humans, Mars One said.