According to Space, the Dutch non-profit organization Mars One, received well over 200,000 applications by wannabe future space colonists willing to take a one way trip to Mars. Of those, only 1,058 "aspiring spaceflyers" who were willing to "live and die on the Red Planet" were allowed to move on to the next round.
The group's co-founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement it was challenging to separate "those who we feel are physically and mentally adept to become human ambassadors on Mars from those who are obviously taking the mission much less seriously," adding that some even appeared nude their application videos.
Of those who made the first cut, 297 are from the United States. Canada is the second best represented country with 75 candidates, followed by India with 62 and Russia with 52. All told, Mars One is looking at applicants from 107 different countries, according to figures released by the group.
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