The Mars One project is coming together as the Netherlands-based nonprofit organization whittles down the applicants to find the 4 people, who will go on the first mission.
Mars One still has to put together the money for this project, which is one of their main priorities.
Each of the potential people chosen can look forward to a period of 7 months in flight, before they reach mars.
Mars One, the Netherlands-based nonprofit organization aiming to establish a settlement on the Red Planet starting in 2025, has reduced the list of potential colonists from 1,058 to 705, various media outlets are reporting.
According to reports published by MSN, the cuts were officially announced on May 5. The remaining would-be Martian colonists will now be interviewed by the Mars One selection committee.
Were incredibly excited to start the next phase of Round 2, where we begin to better understand our candidates who aspire to take such a daring trip, Mars One chief medical officer Norbert Kraft said in a statement. They will have to show their knowledge, intelligence, adaptability and personality.
The 353 individuals who failed to make the cut were eliminated for personal or medical reasons, Mars One representatives said, according to Mike Wall of Space.com. Of the remaining candidates, 418 are men and 287 are women, while 313 of them hail from the Americas, 187 from Europe, 136 from Asia, 41 from Africa and 28 from Oceania.
The 1,058 candidates were selected by Mars One in December 2013 out of an original selection pool of more than 200,000 applicants. Each of them had been asked to complete a pair of tasks by March of this year: provide a medical statement of health from their physician and make their Mars One applicant profile open to the public.
Withdrawals due to personal reasons occurred primarily in the 40-50 age group, while those who had to bow out due to health concerns were mostly between the ages of 20 and 35. Kraft said that the fact that the medical tests turned out to have a major impact on the candidates lives because so many of them learned that they were dealing with serious, previously undetected health issues.
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