A total of 1,058 moved on, which is only about 1% of the over 100,000 applicants.
The qualified applicants were notified via email that Mars One Chief Medical Officer Norbert Kraft would contact them by Jan. 6, 2014. In addition to medical exams, all of the applicants will be interviewed in person by a selection committee.
“It’s time to talk with your loved ones regarding your dream of starting a human civilization on Mars,” the email read. “Passing the first round of selection is a major step closer to going down in history as one of the chosen few who will experience and live something that has never been done before.”
The email also stressed the importance of crowdsourcing and social media.
“Use Facebook, Twitter (#Marstronaut), LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine… tell everyone you know, including friends, family, and media that you need their help… helping generate interest and funding in the Mars One mission is your first assignment.”
The funding refers to an Indiegogo campaign that has been launched to raise enough money to send the four “Marstronauts” to the Red Planet to create a human civilization. Additional teams of four will be sent every two years, and the entire mission will allegedly be screened as a reality television show.