Where government-funded agencies see roadblocks, entrepreneurs see opportunity. But is a one-way mission to Mars a good business bet? Mars One is going all in, NASA be damned.
“This is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” said Mars One founder Bas Lansdorp. “Mars One is a mission representing all humanity will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented. I’m proud that this is exactly what we see happening.”
The company is looking for “mature and interesting” folks. Basically what that means is that there are no professional or academic prerequisites, and anyone can apply.
If you’ve always felt like a pioneer, but never had the opportunity, Mars One will begin accepting video applications to its Mars colonization project between now and July 2013.
Editor’s Pick We got in touch with Bas Lansdorp, entrepreneur and mission ringleader for Mars One, to talk about how a wild idea — sending humans on a one-way trip to Mars — might actually become reality in our lifetimes. And yes, he has investors.