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52 Russians Selected For Mars Colonization Project
January 15, 2014 11:52


1058 candidates passed the initial selection. The number of candidates also includes 297 Americans, 75 Canadians and 62 Indian citizens. Fifty-two Russians were selected for Mars colonization project realized by Dutch Mars One company. It expects establishing a permanent base on the Red Planet by 2023 to cost six billion dollars.

The company stipulates right away that no return ticket will be provided. Project organizers reported that before the deadline on August 31 2013, over 200 thousand volunteers from 107 countries registered on the company's website paying from 5 to $ 75, depending on the applicants' country, including seven thousand Canadians, who have expressed their desire to move permanently to Mars.

1058 candidates passed the initial selection. Most of them are Americans – 297 persons. Canadians take second place with 75 people. They are followed by the citizens of India – 62, and Russia. Almost 77% of the selectees have jobs and about 15% still go to school. 55% of the candidates are men, and the vast majority of them – 415 people are under the age of 35 years. The oldest one is 81.

"It was very difficult to separate those who, in our opinion, are really ready to become ambassadors of humanity on Mars, from those who take casual attitude towards our mission," the founder and CEO of Mars One, Bass Lansdorp said. At one time he expressed the hope that at least 1 million people will apply for the mission.

The first six groups – 4 people each – to be formed in 2015, and after that they will set to seven-year preparation for the flight and life on the planet. It is assumed that a few robots that will erect residential and office units from 2016 to 2020 will be sent to Mars first.

The takeoff of the spaceship with settlers aboard is scheduled for 2022, their arrival on the Red Planet for 2023. The flight will take about 7 months. The first group of four will include two men and two women. Then other colonists will arrive there every 2 years.

Lansdorp says that English will be the official language on Mars. Mars One intends to receive the project money from sponsors, as well as through the involvement of all the earthlings as an audience of interactive program that will show all aspects of the planned mission – from the selection of colonists and flight preparation to arrival on the Red Planet and subsequent life on it.

Organizers do not hide that mission is extremely dangerous: incidents can occur even at the start or during the flight and landing, let alone the living in a hostile Martian environment. Rae Cass, the professor of Concordia University of Montreal, Mars One consultant and member of the commission on colonists' selection and training does not consider this project a "suicidal mission." "Someone called landing on Moon suicidal, - she said. But people did it. They will do on Mars as well."

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Mars colonization Mars One    

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