Mars One Monday rounds up the past week’s reports on the project to send people on a one-way journey to Mars.
No announcements from Mars One this week, but profiles of local candidates continue to appear. In response to questions about Mars One’s timetable (one of the main criticisms the project receives) some candidates told their interviewers they don’t expect Mars One to stick to the schedule. “If it will not happen in 2025, it will happen a few years later — but it will happen.” Polish-born candidate Mikolaj Zielinski told the Khaleej Times.
But then again, space entrepreneur Elon Musk told CNBC that SpaceX will be able to send people to Mars “in 10 to 12 years”.
Of course how many of the candidates will make it that far? The last selection round trimmed the candidate pool from 1040 to 705. Mars One will interview the candidates to select the final 40 candidates who get to join the training program for a chance to be the first 4 people on Mars. Now at least one news reports says that 635 people are under consideration - a 10% drop from the official number. What happened? None of the news reports say.
A couple of interviews went into more detail than typical articles:
- The Khaleej Times interviewed Polish-born Dubai resident Mikolaj Zielinski.
- New Zealand TV station 3News interviewed Netherlands-born 19 year-old Victory University physics student. Merlijin Fuhrhop.
Other reports from around the web:
- The Royal City Register spoke with mountain-climbing Canadian teenager, 19 year old Paige Hunter.
- Australian radio show The One Percenters interviewed Melbourne candidate Dianne McGrath
- Western Australia’s WA Today wrote about comedian/engineer/soldier/physicist Josh Richards who dumped his girlfriend to pursue a ticket to Mars.
- The Claremore Progress spoke with 71-year old Oklahoman Ken Johnston.