International News: 100,000 people apply to go to Mars and not return

More than 100,000 people have applied for a one-way trip to Mars, as a part of the ambitious multi-billion dollar project that aims to colonise the Red planet starting in 2022.

While it remains questionable how humans would be able to survive on Mars, it has not stopped a whopping number of people from signing up for The Mars One project.

"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 on-line are only the ones that have finished and who have set their profiles as public," said Bas Lansdorp, Mars One CEO and co-founder.

Lansdorp did not specify how many have paid the fees, completed their profiles and configured them as private. 

The application process specifies anyone 18 or older may apply, but the fee depends on a user's nationality. For US citizens, the application fee is $38, 'CNN' reported. 

The company said it sets the price based on the gross domestic product per capita of each nation.

"We wanted it to be high enough for people to have to really think about it and low enough for anyone to be able to afford it," Lansdorp said.

As far as the first crew is concerned, the mission will cost $6 billion, Lansdorp said


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