Mars One: Apply Now To Colonise The Red Planet

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Humans might not have landed on Mars yet - but you can already apply to be one of the first to colonise its surface.

Only problem? You'll never come back.

Mars One, a Netherlands-based non-profit, has the lofty aim of reaching our nearest neighbouring planet in 2023.

On Wednesday it released its basic requirements for astronauts, ahead of a (ahem) televised selection process.

Yes, this is 2001: A Space Odyssey meets the X-Factor.

The idea is to find four people to go to Mars - via an "unprecedented" media spectacle - and use the show itself to fund the actual mission.

The four colonists will theoretically go to Mars in 2023, after eight robotic missions between 2016 and 2021 to establish a habitable settlement. New members will arrive every two years. None will ever return to Earth.

All you have to do to meet the requirements to apply are be over 18 years old.

Among the criteria upon which you'll be judged are your intelligence, mental and physical health and your dedication to the idea.

Mars One said:

"It is not necessary to have military training nor experience in flying aircraft nor even a science degree. It is most important that each applicant be intelligent, in good mental and physical health, and be willing to dedicate eight years to training and learning before making the journey to his or her new home on Mars."

"Applicants need to be at least 18 years of age, have a deep sense of purpose, willingness to build and maintain healthy relationships, the capacity for self-reflection and ability to trust.

"They must be resilient, adaptable, curious, creative and resourceful. Mars One is not seeking specific skill sets such as medical doctors, pilots or geologists.

"Rather, candidates will receive a minimum of eight years extensive training while employed by Mars One. While any formal education or real-world experience can be an asset, all skills required on Mars will be learned while in training."

Think you have what it takes? And do you trust Mars One to actually pull this insanely risky and complex task off? Then head to their website to apply.

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