Did Catherine apply?

The applications to joint the first manned mission to Mars have closed with more than 200,000 people applying.

The “Mars One” project, which has been soliciting applications for prospective space pioneers to live on Mars, announced on Monday it had received over 200,000 applications from more than 140 countries. The applicants are still a long way off from Martian living, however, as six-to-ten teams of four people are set to be selected by 2015 to undergo seven years of training. Then, 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,” reads the “Mars One” website.

The countries that had the applications were: U.S. (24 percent), India (10 percent), China (6 percent), Brazil (5 percent), and the U.K. (4 percent). 

Life on such a mission would be tough.

Following further stages of selection and training, the plan is for the first four astronauts to lift off in 2022. After a seven-month journey they will settle permanently on the red planet to conduct scientific experiments and do whatever it takes to survive. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be able to watch their lives unfold on reality TV.

The Mars One programme is daring but is it realistic? Nasa is sceptical about a private one-way mission and instead plans to send more roversfollowed by a manned return mission sometime in the 2030s. Others have questioned Mars One’s business modeltechnical feasibility and the health risks posed by radiation.

On top of these concerns, Martian colonists will face extreme psychological conditions. Mars One claims to have discussed its plans “with experienced and respected psychologists” but doesn’t name them or refer to any supporting evidence. At the same time they have called for applicants who are resilient, adaptable, curious, trusting and creative but without saying why these particular traits are the most important, how they will be measured, or how the standards for selection will be set. Even Professor Raye Kass, who appears to be one of their few advisers on mental health issues, offers little more than anecdotes as evidence for the psychological feasibility of the programme.

Sounds like they’d need a decent representative…has Catherine Delahunty applied?


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