Mars One says it has secured “a few million” in funding for a future human settlement on the Red Planet. The private Netherlands-based venture aims to send at least six groups of four people on a one-way mission to Mars in 2023.
This initial round of funding will partly finance Mars One’s Astronaut Selection program, a process that calls on any applicant that’s over the age of 18 and willing to spend eight to 10 years in training before living out the rest of his or her life on Mars. This entire process will be televised, and the audience will select the astronauts that will become part of the first Red Planet colony.
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