78,000 to Live on Mars: More than 78,000 people have applied to be the first space pioneers.
In the end, 24-40 people will be chosen to be the first settlers on a planet other than Earth, with four flying every two years to Mars beginning in 2022.
Mars One, the nonprofit with the goal of establishing a human settlement on the planet, announced the milestone, two weeks into a 19 week application period.
"This is turning out to be the most desired job in history," said Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and CEO of Mars One, in the announcement. "These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants.”
The journey to Mars is one-way because after a prolonged stay in a weightless environment, the human body will not be able to adjust to the higher gravity of Earth upon return, according to Mars One.
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