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By Deborah Netburn

Aspiring astronauts and wannabe reality TV stars, take note: A nonprofit that aims to send the first human colonists to Mars by 2023 will start taking applications in July of this year.

Mars One, the Netherlands-based organization that wants to turn the colonizing of Mars into a global reality television phenomenon, is encouraging anyone who is interested in space travel to apply.

Previous training in space travel is not required, nor is a science degree of any sort, but applicants do need to be at least 18 years of age and willing to leave Earth forever.

As of now, a flight back to Earth is not part of the Mars One business model.

Further details about the application process will be unveiled Monday at a news conference in New York, where Mars One will officially launch its astronaut application program, but early reports suggest applicants will be asked to send in a one-minute video about why they should be selected to go to Mars.

Keep Reading at: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-mars-one-applications-20130416,0,2661649.story

 

More information on Mars One at: http://mars-one.com/en/about-mars-one/about-mars-one

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