The Mars One Astronaut Selection Program began accepting applications in April, and has now closed. Interest was expressed by 202,586 people from around the globe.
The organisation plans to select and train the crew that will settle permanently on the red planet. It claims the mission can be financed through the public interest generated by the mission.
Applicants for the mission come from over 140 countries, with 24% originating in the United States, 10% from India, 6% from China and 5% from Brazil. The 200,000 will be whittled down in three subsequent rounds over the next two years, after which 6-10 teams of four will be selected for 7 years of full-time training.
Disappointed applicants who missed the first round will have further chances, as Mars One will commence regular recruitment programs for follow-up crews.
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