During a December 30 announcement, Mars One revealed that 1,058 people from around the world have been selected as candidates to begin human occupation on Mars in the year 2025. The selection of these candidates from a pool of over 200,000 applicants provides a glimpse of what this human settlement will look like.
“We’re extremely appreciative and impressed with the sheer number of people who submitted their applications,” said Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp. “However, the challenge with 200,000 applicants is separating those who we feel are physically and mentally adept to become human ambassadors on Mars from those who are obviously taking the mission much less seriously. We even had a couple of applicants submit their videos in the nude!”