Why Mars One's Mission Looks A Lot Like Reality TV
Mars One, the privately funded mission to Mars, has selected 100 candidates. As many as 40 will be selected for the mission, if it ever happens.By Sebastian Martinez | February 17, 2015
It plays more like a movie trailer than anything else: This is how Mars One announced the 100 finalists for its 2024 mission to Mars.
Of these 100 people, as many as 40 will ultimately be selected for the privately funded mission, and their bios on the website read something like those of participants in a reality TV show.
There's a reason for that. Mars One wants to make the entire process of the mission, from selecting its astronauts to landing on the red planet, an "on-going global media event" in order to draw in funds for the project.