What are the qualifications to apply?
The following summarizes the key characteristics expected of a successful applicant. It must be underlined that these mainly human factors criteria are prerequisite, but not the sole criteria for selection. It goes without explicitly mentioning, that other important talents and qualifications (e.g. technical and scientific) will also play a paramount role in the selection process.
In 2013 Mars One will conduct a global search to find the best candidates for the first human mission to Mars in 2023. On Mars, the primary responsibility for the astronauts is to keep everything, and everyone, up and running. This will be a particular challenge for the first teams. They will need the skills to solve any potential problem - some of which will be completely unforeseeable. Their combined skill sets of each team member must cover a very wide range of disciplines. The astronauts must be intelligent, creative, psychologically stable and physically healthy. On this page, we offer a brief introduction to the basics of our astronaut selection process
The astronaut selection process
In spaceflight missions, the primary personal attributes of a successful astronaut are emotional and psychological stability, supported by personal drive and motivation. This is the foundation upon a mission must be built, where human lives are at risk with each flight.
Once on Mars, there is no means to return to Earth. Mars is home. A grounded, deep sense of purpose will help each astronaut maintain his or her psychological stability and focus as they work together toward a shared and better future.
Mars One cannot stress enough the importance of an applicant’s capacity for self-reflection. Without this essential foundation, the five key characteristics listed below cannot be utilized to the fullest potential.
Five Key Characteristics of an Astronaut
These key characteristics were put together by an expert team, to which Dr Kass contributed his long experience in human spaceflight missions as well as with long-duration isolation experiments.
|Ability to Trust||
|Creativity / Resourcefulness||
For further information on applying for Mars One, the reader is directed to the Mars One website.