706 people continue fighting for four places in the Mars colonization program Mars One, a participant of the project, resident of Los Angeles, Sue Ann Pien said on Friday.
More than 202 thousand people filed applications for participation in the first stage of the selection program, which ended in September, 2013.
The first six groups of Martian colonists – consisting of four people each – should be formed in 2015; after that, they will begin their seven-year preparation for the mission.
It is supposed that at first, several robots will be sent to Mars and from 2016 to 2020, they will construct residential and service modules.
The launch of the spacecraft with colonists on board is planned for 2022, and their arrival on Mars – for 2023.
The one-way flight will take about seven months. The first group will consist of two men and two women. After that, every second year, other colonists will be sent to Mars.
According to General Director of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp, English will be the official language on Mars.
The Mars One project was launched in 2011; the idea belongs to the homonymous Dutch company.
The goal of the project is to conduct a manned mission to Mars followed by foundation of a colony and to broadcast all events on television.
Mars One expects to receive a part of funds necessary for the project from sponsors and another part – from the income from the interactive reality show featuring all the aspects of the planned mission, starting from the selection of colonists to the flight to Mars.
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