When Mars One announced its intent in 2012 to find a team of astronauts to become the first people to land on and colonize Mars, part of the plan was to turn the selection and training of the lucky few into a worldwide reality program. Two years later, we still don't know if the team will meet its 2024 crew launch date, but the mission has taken a step closer to getting on TV. Mars One has signed with Darlow Smithson Productions, owned by the Dutch TV giant Endemol.
Mars One, which is also a Dutch organization, has teamed with the company to begin filming and broadcasting the training and final selection of the 705 future Martian hopefuls, shortlisted from the 200,000 who applied after the mission was first announced.
In a statement, Mars One's cofounder and chief executive, Bas Lansdorp, said, "Bringing the story of our incredibly brave aspiring Martians to the world now officially begins with what we feel is a perfect partnership." Lansdorp said that DSP would film the training, but allow Mars One's team to be in control of astronaut selection. In other words, don't go looking for a Snooki or
With the beginning of training and the beginnings of a TV deal in place, the next major landmark for this mission is the launch of a communications satellite to the Red Planet in 2018.