You may be looking at the faces of future Martians.
The video above, released Feb. 15, shows the results of the latest round of selections for the MarsOne mission: to establish living conditions on Mars and, eventually, send 24 individuals who will become the first permanent human residents on another planet.
(Note: being selected for MarsOne does not include a return ticket.)
MarsOne, a Dutch nonprofit company, hopes to fund its venture through donations, corporate sponsorships, and possibly even a televised program about the colonists’ day-to-day life on Mars. (The Real World on another world?) When the call went out for applicants in April 2013 for the one-way mission to Mars, over 200,000 people signed up. Now, that list has been whittled down to just 100 applicants – out of which 24 will be chosen and divided into six teams of four.
The first team selected will, if everything goes as planned, depart for Mars in 2024 and arrive six to eight months later in 2025, landing and traveling where an outpost of habitation and support capsules would have been previously set up via robots. There they would become Mars’ first human inhabitants, living together, working together, exploring, supporting themselves, ...