Mars reality TV show looking for applicants

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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The surface of Mars.

Dutch company called Mars One said they were flooded with applications from people who wanted to be the first to start a colony on the Red Planet. Wait… what? Yep, you read right! The best part, though, is that these applicants – who consist of retirees, computer techs, and physiotherapists – all want to give up life on Earth for a one-way ticket to Mars to star on a reality show!

The production team behind Mars One’s said that they will select four candidates to make the initial flight to Mars in 2022. They plan to send another four of their approved applicants a few years later to help populate the new colony.

At the moment, there are more than 100,000 applicants. Mars One CEO and co-founder, Bas Lansdorp, explained that they still have more and more applications coming, “There is also a very large number of people who are still working on their profile, so either they have decided not to pay the application fee, or they are still making their video or they’re still filling out the questionnaire or their resume. So the people that you can see online are only the ones that have finished and who have set their profiles as public.”

Traveling to Mars on the mission is expected to cost Mars One around 6 billion dollars. Mars One hopes to raise money through their application fee of $38, as well as broadcasting sponsors. If you want to get in on the process, you can check out their application form and website here. Just be sure to get parental permission first and maybe some space boots.

Someone should tell the cast of Jersey Shore it’s time to move on from television, because the latest in reality TV is here. My biggest question for Mars One, however, is… if people are living on Mars, do we call them Martians or aliens?