The first round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Program has now closed for applications. In the five-month application period, Mars One received interest from 202,586 people from around the world, wanting to be amongst the first human settlers on Mars.
Mars One applicants come fr
om over 140 countries; the largest numbers are from the United States (24 percent), India (10 percent), China (6 percent), Brazil (5 percent), Great Britain (4 percent), Canada (4 percent), Russia (4 percent), Mexico (4 percent), Philippines (2 percent), Spain (2 percent), Colombia (2 percent), Argentina (2 percent), Australia (1 percent), France (1 percent), Turkey (1 percent), Chile (1 percent), Ukraine (1 percent), Peru (1 percent), Germany (1 percent), Italy (1 percent) and Poland (1 percent).
From this applicant pool, the Mars One Selection Committee will select prospective Martian settlers in three additional rounds spread across two years. By 2015, six to ten teams of four individuals will be selected for seven years of full-time training. In 2023, one of these teams will become the first humans ever to land on Mars and live there for the rest of their lives.
The current applicants will be screened by the Mars One Selection Committee. This process is expected to take several months. Candidates selected to pass to the next round will be notified by the end of 2013. The second round of selection will start in 2014, where the candidates will be interviewed in person by a Mars One Selection Committee.
Aspiring Martians who have missed Round 1 or could not meet the age restriction can join subsequent Astronaut Selection Programs. Mars One will commence regular recruitment programs as the search for follow-up crews continues.