Mars One founder Bans Lansdorp plans to put six people on Mars by 2023, and now those plans seem a bit more serious. The 200,000 people who applied for the trip have been whittled down to 1,058 serious contenders. When the winners are finally chosen via a televised competition, they'll make the journey to Mars and stay there until I die. That is if Lansdorp can back up his claims.
Lansdorp says he shouldn't have a problem raising the $6 billion necessary for the first mission. Lockheed-Martin has already provided some funding, and Lansdorp wants advertisers to bankroll a large portion. Every moment on Mars will be filmed for a reality show that could potentially bring in a lot of dough.