A Netherlands-based non-profit called Mars One has begun taking applications for pioneering Mars colonists it plans to finance “by staging a global reality-TV event, with cameras documenting all phases of the mission from astronaut selection to the colonists' first years on the Red Planet.”
Via The Space Reporter:
So far, plenty of people are interested in this job offer. As of a few days ago, the number was already at 78,000 applicants.
The application period opened on April 22, 2013, and continues until August 31. It's actually fairly easy to apply: You have to be at least 18 years of age, and you must also submit a one-minute video to Mars One that explains your motivation for becoming a Martian settler. And anybody in the world can apply. Also, you can watch all of the applicants' videos on Mars Ones' website.
“With [that many] applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement. “These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants.”
Watch two introductory videos, AFTER THE JUMP…