Huge number of people are mulling over settling on Mars. According to the data released by ‘Mars One’, group behind the ambitious venture to colonize Mars, over 200,000 people across 140 countries have applied to go to the red planet and never return back.
The United States tops the list with 47,654 applications, followed by India (20,747), China (13,176), Brazil (10,289), Britain (8497), Canada (8241), Russia (8197), Mexico (7464) Philippines 4365 and Spain (3722) in the top 10 list.
‘Mars One’, a not-for-profit foundation, intends to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023 as it believes that human settlement on the red planet is possible with existing technologies. Hence, it plans to integrate components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide.
Currently, the group is in the process of selecting people to live there.
At the conclusion of a five-month-long first round of Mars One Astronaut Selection Programme, 2,02,586 people from around the world have applied.
One in four of the total 2,02,586 applicants for the one-way trip are Americans, said Mars One in a release.
From this applicant pool, the Mars One selection committee will select prospective Martian settlers in three additional rounds spread across two years.
By 2015, six-ten teams of four individuals will be selected for seven years of full-time training. In 2023, one of these teams will become the first humans ever to land on Mars and live there for the rest of their lives, the statement said.
Mars One said each Round 1 applicant is now being screened by the selection committee, which is expected to take several months. Candidates selected to pass to the next round will be notified by the end of 2013.
The second round of selection will start in early 2014, where the candidates will be interviewed in person by the selection committee.