Mars One Releases Astronaut Open Call Qualifications

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Mars One Releases Astronaut Open Call Qualifications

Friendliness, psychological stability, and resourcefulness are listed as qualifiers for potential colonists.

Unlike every other program in the history of spaceflight, Mars One intends to have an open call for their future colonists - who are scheduled for a 2022 launch and 2023 landing. Beginning in the first half of this year, Mars One will begin that call, starting with the release of a light list of primary qualifications for their colonists. Primary among their qualifications are physical and mental health, but neither experience flying an aircraft nor a university degree in science will be required. All the required training, Mars One says, will be provided during your eight years of employment with the company. You'll also need to be willing to give up your earthly commitments for, well, forever - it's a one way trip to Mars. Norbert Kraft, a former NASA official, said that "Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria ... we are more concerned with how well each astronaut works and lives with the others ... the ability to be at your best when things are at their worst is what Mars One is looking for."

The five key characteristics of an astronaut, says Mars One, are resiliency, adaptability, curiosity, ability to trust, and creativity. An astronaut must be at least 18, making for a 28-year-old landing on the red planet, and the upper limit for age has yet to be determined. The key qualification that Mars One emphasizes, however, is that a candidate be capable of intensive self-reflection.

Mars One is a non-profit organization that intends to fund their mars colony by making their entire operation a reality show. Every aspect of the mission, from launch to landing and living on mars, will be a televised and interactive broadcast. It has not been announced when the selection campaign will begin, but Mars One has said "We are working hard to launch our selection campaign as soon as possible, to open the doors to everyone who aspires to do something tremendous in their lifetime."

Source: Mars One

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I can't even imagine how exciting and horrifying being among the first people to live on another planet would be. Just need to wait 10 years to see how this all pans out!

Crap, only 17! Then again, as cool as going to Mars would be, I think that I'd want to come back home after a few years. Hopefully flights to Mars will be more common in 50 years.

I've been thinking about "starting over" with my life recently & that would be one hell of an adventure & I don't have much keeping me here. I wonder if an average guy like me with no real skill at anything would even be considered...

Sounds good, except for the "reality show" part:

Executive 1: Our viewership has dropped dramatically since the launch! It turns out no one wants to watch a well-trained crew operate a spacecraft flawlessly while waiting to reach Mars.

Executive 2: Don't worry, I thought of that; I've replaced a few key crew members with capuchin monkeys in life-like suits, and if that doesn't work... *pushes button*

(50,000,000 KM away)

Captain: I don't know what's going on! All the windows just rolled down!

So it begins. Only four individuals out of seven billion people living on Earth will be chosen.

I want to be one of those four. Wonder what my odds are. Little concerned about the big brother aspect and how it might affect the whole procedure, but still..

Just read the reality show part, and now I feel a little depressed that the first people on another planet will be doing it in the name of a reality show. Then again, if it's just for funding and the network executives get as little say as possible, it could go well. Oh, and they should take at least a few scientists and security personnel with them.

Here's hopping that once we get there we'll be able to answer the question that has plagued mankind for centuries.

Requirement #1

It would be cool to be one of the first people on Mars but I don not think I am fit for duty. Maybe after loosing few pounds still after saying I do not want to live on this planet anymore I should start acting on my words.

If only it weren't a one way trip, I'd be all over this. Alas, giving up my creature comforts for the rest of my days sounds like a bit too much of a commitment.

Just don't drink The Waters of Mars

And this is why we live in the future; cant wait for the singularity!

So... how will they protect the colonists from radiation exposure to radiation? Mars doesn't have a magnetic field work speaking of. They'll get cancer in ten years.

Im down....Where do i sign up :D

Fappy:
I can't even imagine how exciting and horrifying being among the first people to live on another planet would be. Just need to wait 10 years to see how this all pans out!

think of the orgies!

someones got to populate it...
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what you need: Ability to Trust

yeah, i'm out. im batman

Not gonna lie, I was immensely relieved to read the part about a reality show. Because now I have a valid excuse to dismiss this.

If it wasn't for that, I'd be forced to seriously consider this. Actually, scratch that. I'd have no choice but to sign up right now. I fit the bill 100%. And I've always sworn that if a chance for me to better the world would come knocking, I'd answer even if it meant death.

I just KNOW that if I got picked for this(and I am definitely gonna try) Half-Life 3 and Kingdom Hearts 3 will come out the day after I leave. To be on this mission would be terrifying and absolutely bloody magnificent all at once.

Thunderous Cacophony:
Sounds good, except for the "reality show" part:

Executive 1: Our viewership has dropped dramatically since the launch! It turns out no one wants to watch a well-trained crew operate a spacecraft flawlessly while waiting to reach Mars.

Executive 2: Don't worry, I thought of that; I've replaced a few key crew members with capuchin monkeys in life-like suits, and if that doesn't work... *pushes button*

(50,000,000 KM away)

Captain: I don't know what's going on! All the windows just rolled down!

If only that was even remotely close to the worst thing I could imagine happening.

Guy in the video brought up Big Brother. Lets all sit down and think, for a moment, about what that show would have been like if all the contestants were packed in a tin can, with no way to avoid each other, ever.

Personally, I don't see how this sort of thing would work, with so few people at a time.

Seems to me you'd need closer to forty people, if you wanna keep them there for two years before you send them new friends and relations.

Either that, or you'd end up with a bunch of loner-types (like me), which could well end up causing problems as well.

After all, if people who like having other humans around can get on each others nerves, how bad would it get with a bunch that don't?

Sweet Jesus somebody payroll these people.

I will not tolerate what could become one of mankind's greatest achivements being turned into a FUCKING REALITY TV SHOW.

So where will residents go when they get voted off by the audience?

Phuctifyno:
So where will residents go when they get voted off by the audience?

Hm could be interesting, they are sent to live in a more serious televised but not as entertaining hab?

Each season a new group is shipped out that way a population is slowly grown, and you keep the trained colonists that are already there

OT: I will be signing up, I have no compunction about never returning to this world.

Edit: I am sure I would have some anxiety close to the time of departure, but I am sure I would get over it, I quite frankly have very little that ties me here.

I think you'd have to be a little crazy to begin with to wanna spend the rest of your life on mars. I consider myself a reasonably stable person but I don't think I could handle being away from Earth that long.

I just hope nobody there invents a method of teleportation, because that definitely won't end well.

The Sanctifier:
I think you'd have to be a little crazy to begin with to wanna spend the rest of your life on mars. I consider myself a reasonably stable person but I don't think I could handle being away from Earth that long.

I just hope nobody there invents a method of teleportation, because that definitely won't end well.

It's a really hard thing for anyone to do. There are very few people willing or able to spend extended amounts of time at the antarctic science stations here on earth, and going to Mars would be just like that except with less messed up day/night cycles and it's a one way ticket.

I think the idea behind this is to get NASA, ESA and such off their butts and making return trips to mars and beyond. I suspect the aim is that within a few years they will be able to rotate the colonists so that the pioneers can get back to earth and enjoy the spoils of never having any privacy again.

I noticed that the habitat module is docked in such a way that if the colonists have to sit in the capsule during the braking into mars orbit it is at an "Eyeballs-out" orientation... unless they can swivel the seats around

Well, I signed up for the newlsetter. When I am sober, and they're asking for people to paply for the astronaut job position, I'll be there. And I'll submit a damn good application.

I thought about it then realized I'd miss my family too much and would end up committing suicide, had basically a daymare (like daydreaming except a nightmare) today in which that happened.
Now if I had no family I'd totally do it.

i would throw myself at this opportunity with every ounce of effort in my body if i wasn't already disqualified. count this as one more instance of significant regret.

It is exciting the possibility, and the chances that they would be able to bring people back to earth within the lifetime would be pretty good.

But damn. Scary.

Almost like voluntary prison, but in a new landscape and unbreathable atmosphere...

Shit..

Could this be the plan for lifers?

Space Australia?

I would totally sign up for the mission. I've always wanted to go into space. And...

EvilRoy:

The Sanctifier:
I think you'd have to be a little crazy to begin with to wanna spend the rest of your life on mars. I consider myself a reasonably stable person but I don't think I could handle being away from Earth that long.

I just hope nobody there invents a method of teleportation, because that definitely won't end well.

It's a really hard thing for anyone to do. There are very few people willing or able to spend extended amounts of time at the antarctic science stations here on earth, and going to Mars would be just like that except with less messed up day/night cycles and it's a one way ticket.

I guess it would be a bit similar. Though with Antarctica at least your still on the same planet. On Mars though, your a very very long way away from anyone else. I suppose though, it depends a bit on how quickly a space ship can go back and forth. Knowing that you could make it back to Earth if you really needed to would make it a lot more comforting.

Its a real shame that it not governments doing this for the prestige and the breaking of new ground but instead its some company's publicity stunt.

The Sanctifier:

EvilRoy:

The Sanctifier:
I think you'd have to be a little crazy to begin with to wanna spend the rest of your life on mars. I consider myself a reasonably stable person but I don't think I could handle being away from Earth that long.

I just hope nobody there invents a method of teleportation, because that definitely won't end well.

It's a really hard thing for anyone to do. There are very few people willing or able to spend extended amounts of time at the antarctic science stations here on earth, and going to Mars would be just like that except with less messed up day/night cycles and it's a one way ticket.

I guess it would be a bit similar. Though with Antarctica at least your still on the same planet. On Mars though, your a very very long way away from anyone else. I suppose though, it depends a bit on how quickly a space ship can go back and forth. Knowing that you could make it back to Earth if you really needed to would make it a lot more comforting.

The technology to come back does not currently exist.

It probably will eventually, but not right now.

Another note, i wouldn't mind apping to this just to get the 10year training and knowing i'm employed for a decade. then parting company and pissing everyone off!

Captcha's advice for the day: Talk To Strangers - okies. i'm out to do that now!

Wait wait, Mars One is legit? Last time I heard about it, it got called a scam or at least that they didn't have the full knowhow for doing this.

Oh well, I can see why they chose this way of getting funds, since no government seems to be willing to do this. I'd prefer it if it wasn't a reality show but if that means we can finally establish a Mars colony, go ahead. I'd even watch it.

Still, I'm not convinced that they'll be able to pull this off yet and I'm also wondering whether the people going there are really fully aware about what it means and how it will be. Even if there's nothing that holds you on this planet and you're psychologically adequate for this, living in a tin can with some people on a lifeless rock far away from earth, losing your mind probably isn't all that difficult there.
Besides, have they really solved all the problems that they would have on Mars, like radiation and sandstorms? I mean, just look at this:

This sounds to me like a ploy to get people that want to be on reality TV off the planet.

The Sanctifier:

EvilRoy:

The Sanctifier:
I think you'd have to be a little crazy to begin with to wanna spend the rest of your life on mars. I consider myself a reasonably stable person but I don't think I could handle being away from Earth that long.

I just hope nobody there invents a method of teleportation, because that definitely won't end well.

It's a really hard thing for anyone to do. There are very few people willing or able to spend extended amounts of time at the antarctic science stations here on earth, and going to Mars would be just like that except with less messed up day/night cycles and it's a one way ticket.

I guess it would be a bit similar. Though with Antarctica at least your still on the same planet. On Mars though, your a very very long way away from anyone else. I suppose though, it depends a bit on how quickly a space ship can go back and forth. Knowing that you could make it back to Earth if you really needed to would make it a lot more comforting.

Depends how you look at it I suppose. If something goes wrong in Antarctica you may as well be on Mars for all the world can do to help you, because of how hard it is to get to the outposts and how long it takes. But I suppose there being a very small chance of aid is way better than there being zero.

I always suspected that one of the best ways to carry enough oxygen for a long trip like the one to Mars would be having plant life aboard. This website however, claims that you would need a ridiculous amount of plant life in order to generate enough oxygen for one person (note the very professional use of Comic Sans):

http://www.astronomycafe.net/qadir/q767.html

So cut the plant life aspect out of the plans and you're still stuck with the reality of having to recycle urine, or more likely, other people's urine and probably have to drink it. Bottoms up!

And God forbid you actually require surgery en route to Mars. They're working on that as well.

Then you have the likely terror of solar flares and having to flee into a space age panic room to protect yourself from the high energy particles.

Ah, screw it. If they'll take me I'd go. At the very least just to see the effects of time dilation from the trip.

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