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Mars One Mission [UPDATE]: 200,000 People Want To Go To Mars

First Posted: Jun 14, 2016 05:20 AM EDT

Mars One, a non-profit organization in Netherlands has started a competition on a one way trip to Mars. The event will be an independent expedition plan for a limited number of colonists, which  expedition is set to start on 2026.

A few of Mars One candidates have an extraordinary background. There are 200,000 people from over 140 countries joining the selection process and 100, so far, has made it through the selection. The number will be trimmed down to 40 after another 5-day testing period. After all of the tests to be conducted, the final number of selected colonists will be 24.

Meanwhile, the actual shuttle constructions are still unknown. This has made a lot of expectants and applicants curious as special equipment is required to survive in the development process while living in the red planet, Hot Air reported.

Mars One project is partially funded by a reality show that involves testing and narrowing down candidates. Of the entire process, reportedly, the return trip is the most risky, complex and expensive part of the mission.

Collaboration with established aerospace companies has already started to prepare for the required systems. However, more scientific breakthroughs are unnecessary to send and sustain human life in the red planet, Mars One reported. Mars biospheres are extremely different than Earth. Oxygen depletes faster in a concrete foundation, which is fatal for human inhabitants taking only 68 days for fatality to occur.

Lack of resupplies is also a serious problem. When food becomes scarce, growing crops will not be advisable for oxygen and nitrogen levels should be maintained. While the viability of conditions in Mars is still unsure, a separate structure to grow food and excess oxygen storage is suggested to ensure survival of the colonists.

Mars One stated that most people prefer to live on Earth, but some people dream of living in Mars someday. Reportedly, the Mars One mission will be their ticket.

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