The Dutch-based nonprofit, Mars One, has narrowed down their list of Mars hopefuls to 50 men and women who will compete for a one-way trip to the Red Planet starting as early as 2024. The foundation plans to set up the competition as a reality TV series with these 100 aspiring astronauts fighting for a chance to die on Mars. The winners will be flown off into space and expected to start a permanent colony on Mars.
The final selection of applicants was narrowed down from the original pool of 200,000 contestants.
The full list of contenders is a colorful bunch of participants. Candidates’ ages range between 19 to 60 years old from across the globe: 39 from the Americas (33 from the United States), 31 from Europe, 16 from Asia, 7 from Africa, and 7 from Oceania.