The nonprofit organization plans to televise the final rounds of the search in 2014, which means the first humans on Mars may be reality TV stars. But first, Mars One is asking the public to rate the application videos to help narrow down the selection pool. According to Norbert Kraft, the chief medical officer and head of the astronaut selection program, aspiring Martians should have five qualities: resilience, adaptability, curiosity, empathy, and creativity.
To filter out spam and frivolous entries, Mars One is charging an application fee that varies by country (it's $38 in the United States). Applicants must create a 30- to 70-second video that explains why they want to go to Mars, and why they're the best candidate. The pool will be narrowed to 24 to 40 in 2015.