The trip — being promoted by Mars One and set to leave in 2022 — will attempt to establish a permanent colony on Mars, CNN reports.
The nonprofit Dutch company hopes to spend $6 billion getting the crew and equipment to land on Mars in 2023. Once there, the astronauts — or colonists — will set about building a sustainable, long-term presence on the planet. A second expedition will follow with a target date of 2025. Each flight will consist of two men and two women.
For the moment, anyone can fill out the application form to be considered for the trip. Each application costs $38 and will be used to help fund the trip. CEO Bas Lansdorp says the one-way trip makes it financially possible. The extra cost associated with returning the astronauts to Earth would be prohibitive.
For now, Mars One is in talks with Space X — the private space travel company that has made two deliveries to the International Space Station in recent years — about the trip.