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Author:  DFK! [ Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:24 am ]
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...for Mars colonists.

No, seriously. ... y-to-apply

What are the qualifications to apply?


In 2013 Mars One will conduct a global search to find the best candidates for the first human mission to Mars in 2023. On Mars, the primary responsibility for the astronauts is to keep everything, and everyone, up and running. This will be a particular challenge for the first teams. They will need the skills to solve any potential problem - some of which will be completely unforeseeable. Their combined skill sets of each team member must cover a very wide range of disciplines. The astronauts must be intelligent, creative, psychologically stable and physically healthy. On this page, we offer a brief introduction to the basics of our astronaut selection process.

The astronaut selection process

In spaceflight missions, the primary personal attributes of a successful astronaut are emotional and psychological stability, supported by personal drive and motivation. This is the foundation upon a mission must be built, where human lives are at risk with each flight.

Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth. Mars is home. A grounded, deep sense of purpose will help each astronaut maintain his or her psychological stability and focus as they work together toward a shared and better future.

Mars One cannot stress enough the importance of an applicant’s capacity for self-reflection. Without this essential foundation, the five key characteristics listed below cannot be utilized to the fullest potential.

Five Key Characteristics of an Astronaut


Practical Applications


•Your thought processes are persistent.
•You persevere and remain productive.
•You see the connection between your internal and external self.
•You are at your best when things are at their worst.
•You have indomitable spirit.
•You understand the purpose of actions may not be clear in the moment, but there is good reason—you trust those who guide you.
•You have a “Can do!” attitude.


•You adapt to situations and individuals, while taking into account the context of the situation.
•You know your boundaries, and how/when to extend them.
•You are open and tolerant of ideas and approaches different from your own.
•You draw from the unique nature of individual cultural backgrounds.


•You ask questions to understand, not to simply get answers.
•You are transferring knowledge to others, not simply showcasing what you know or what others do not.

Ability to Trust

•You trust in yourself and maintain trust in others.
•Your trust is built upon good judgment.
•You have self-informed trust.
•Your reflection on previous experiences helps to inform the exchange of trust.

Creativity / Resourcefulness

•You are flexible in how an issue / problem / situation is approached.
•You are not constrained by the way you were initially taught when seeking solutions.
•Your humor is a creative resource, used appropriately as an emerging contextual response.
•You have a good sense of play and spirit of playfulness.
•You are aware of different forms of creativity.


The age range for candidates will be limited. While the exact upper limits have not yet been determined, the lower age limit for applicants to apply for the selection program will be 18 years. By the time this person would land on Mars as an astronaut, he or she would be 28 years of age.

Medical and Physical Requirements
In general, normal medical and physiological health standards will be used. These standards are derived from evidence-based medicine, verified from clinical studies. The applicant must be free from any disease, any dependency on drugs, alcohol or tobacco, must have the normal range of motion and functionality in all joints, visual acuity in both eyes of 100% (20/20) either uncorrected or corrected with lenses or contact lenses, free from any psychiatric disorders. It is important to be healthy, with an age- and gender-adequate fitness level. Blood pressure should not exceed 140/90 measured in a sitting position. The standing height must be between 157 and 190 cm.
Country of Origin & Language

Mars One accepts applicants from any country in the world. Applications will be made available in several languages. The official language will be English. Nevertheless, when a candidate applies for the selection program, it is not necessary for him or her to possess an extensive knowledge of English: we will provide candidates with documentation in different languages. As applicants progress through the selection procedure, requirements on their English skills will increase.

The astronaut selection program will start in the first half of 2013. Receive updates and announcements regarding the Astronaut Application Program and selection criteria.

Also read:
•Can I already apply to become an astronaut?
•How will the astronaut selection proceed?
•Why will multiple groups train to go to Mars?
•How are the astronauts prepared?
•Which group of astronauts will go first?

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Sadly, I'm too tall. :(

This would be an incredible experience.

Author:  Kaffis Mark V [ Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:18 am ]
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Wow. Yeah.

Author:  Arathain Kelvar [ Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:10 pm ]
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Hmm. Not for profit company? Eh...

I'm out.

Author:  Midgen [ Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:47 pm ]
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Bummer, I'm too tall (and probably too old) too.

Author:  Müs [ Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:00 pm ]
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I don't know how many centimeters I am. Why can't people use goddamn inches and feet?

Author:  Midgen [ Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:42 pm ]
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LOL, I'm pretty sure that you just disqualified yourself, so it doesn't matter. :p~

Author:  FarSky [ Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:11 pm ]
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Müs wrote:
I don't know how many centimeters I am. Why can't people use goddamn inches and feet?

Wanted: intrepid pioneers that can at least use Google. :P

Author:  Müs [ Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:14 pm ]
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hehehe ;)

More about my desire for this venture being so low that I can't be arsed to go to google to convert " and ' to see if I even qualify. ;)

Author:  Raell [ Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:12 am ]
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I have no skills that would be of any use there. Though, I am pretty sure it would be a great way to quit smoking.

It isn't like there is a 7-11 on every corner.


Author:  Jasmy [ Fri Feb 22, 2013 3:15 am ]
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I'm too old and out of shape, but what fun it would be to go to Mars! I always said I was born too late or too soon...too late for the wild, wild west, too early for real space exploration. :(

Author:  Sam [ Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:57 am ]
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Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth.

Hrm......I bet I can come up with some damn fine candidates, if the remove all the health stuff from the list. :twisted:

edit: I was going to suggest all of our current elected leaders, but I think I would rather suggest all the people associated with (might actually cover some of both). :lol:

Author:  Talya [ Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:54 pm ]
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Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.
In fact, it's cold as hell.

Author:  Corolinth [ Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:18 pm ]
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Müs wrote:
I don't know how many centimeters I am. Why can't people use goddamn inches and feet?

I recognize that you aren't actually looking for an answer, and are instead ***** about their decision to use meters, I'll provide one anyway.

The meter is the standard unit of length and distance in the scientific community. This includes American scientists. Feet and inches are typically only useful if one is going to use the pound as the unit of force, thereby allowing work to be expressed in foot-pounds. This leaves mass measurements in units of pounds-mass, which is a useless unit as it can't be worked with unless you first convert to slugs. Unfortunately, the pound has little relevance in outer space, without the Earth as a reference, so the advantages that using the familiar unit of force has is overshadowed by the drawback of not being able to do any sort of calculations involving mass without first performing unit conversions.

This is further exacerbated by all electromagnetic units aside from the ampere, which is a base unit (or coulomb, depending on how you're looking at it), being based off of the meter and kilogram. We don't have British Imperial equivalents for the coulomb, ampere, volt, ohm, fahrad, henry, weber, or tesla.

The advantage of the British Imperial system is cultural inertia. It's expensive to switch to the International System of Units. Otherwise, it is an inferior measurement system, and if one were to start over fresh it should not be used.

Author:  Micheal [ Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:38 pm ]
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Cute Talya, I know the quote and follow with

"And there's no one there to raise them if you did."

Author:  shuyung [ Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:40 pm ]
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Was it a tricky reference to catch?

Author:  Arathain Kelvar [ Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:50 pm ]
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The British system is retarded.

Civil engineers, who are half in the scientific community, half in the "stop calculating **** and just build the ****" camps end up having to use both system which is confusing and annoying as all hell.

Unfortunately, we can't just switch to metric because if you give a contractor plans in meters, someone's going to die.

Author:  DFK! [ Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:13 pm ]
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Additional Mars trip. (story too long for quotation). ... oundation/

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