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Originally posted by CaptainBeno
Role up, Role Up!!!
Mars One, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, intends to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023.
They need astronauts.
Anyone on planet Earth can apply if they meet the basic requirements. But obviously, the job isn’t for just anyone.
Today, Mars One released its application criteria. Among other virtues, astronaut candidates must have “a deep sense of purpose, willingness to build and maintain healthy relationships, the capacity for self-reflection and ability to trust. They must be resilient, adaptable, curious, creative and resourceful.” And be at least 18 years old (no maximum age has been set).
The selection process will begin during the first half of 2013.
Best known as Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner travels the universe again as the narrator for Mars Rising. Here, he talks about why he took on the project, where in space he'd most like to travel to, and if he'll be part of the next Star Trek film. Q: What was it that drew you to the project - the space element, Mars, the fact that it was a Canadian project, or all of these?
A: It was all of that — the science aspect of it, the intrigue of fiction and science, and the pride I have in my country doing wonderful things in documentary and film. It all came together beautifully and I was very impressed.
Q: Did working on it give you any insight into the Mars exploration?
A: It was more the fact that we will actually one day be able to explore Mars that was a real "aha!" moment for me. That human beings really will be able to live on other planets — what an idea that is.
Q: Were you the type of kid who dreamed about going into space?
A: I've always had an interest in science. But space travel wasn't an option when I was a kid. They were still trying to figure out what electrons did.
Q: And there was some kind of mix-up with the Richard Branson civilian space project?
A: Well, I guess you could call it that. He thought I should pay to go into space, and I thought he should pay me. The conversation pretty much ended there.
Journey to the Red Planet Dr. James Garvin, lead scientist for Mars and Lunar Exploration at NASA, and Dr. Paul Delaney, Professor Physics and Astronomy at Toronto's York University, outline the extraordinary challenges and obstacles faced by the international space community in sending a manned mission to Mars ... and bringing it back.
The spacecraft that will take a crew to Mars will be assembled—in space. Up to 10 rockets will be required to carry equipment and the astronauts to the mothership. The 56-million-kilometer journey to and from the Red Planet could take up to three years. Will the fuel be thermo-nuclear or super-heated charged particles? Engineers must get it right the first time—or the astronauts will die.
Round 3: This round is the national selection round, which could be broadcasted on TV and internet in countries around the world. In each country, 20-40 applicants will participate in challenges that demonstrate their suitability to become one of the first humans on Mars. The audience will select one winner per country and Mars One experts will select additional participants to continue to round four.