Application deadline for Mars One colony nears

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Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp holds a press conference to announce the launch of astronaut selection for a Mars space mission project, in New York, April 22. (Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp holds a press conference to announce the launch of astronaut selection for a Mars space mission project, in New York, April 22. (Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Martian wannabes dust off those resumes: The application deadline for a one-way mission to Mars is almost here.

While the prospect is off-putting to many, it’s also the dream of a lifetime to some; more than 165,000 people have applied to join the manned Martian colony effort envisioned by the non-profit Mars One Foundation. But the foundation is only accepting applications until Aug. 31.

After Aug. 31, Mars One officials will begin winnowing down the field of applicants — the only requirement to apply is to be over age 18 — to identify those most likely to thrive on the nine-month journey to the Red Planet, and in the settlement to be established upon arrival.

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