After the US, India ranks number two globally, who have shown keen interest in settling down in the red planet, according to the data released by Mars-One. Mars-One is a Netherlands-based organisation which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023.
The number of applicants from the US is 47,654, its share being 24 per cent. India follows with 20,747, its share being 10 percent; and China is number three with 13,176 applicants. Mars-One saw interest from 202,586 people from over 140 countries. From this pool, the selection committee will select prospective Martian settlers in three additional rounds spread across two years. By 2015, six-ten teams of four individuals will be selected for seven years of full-time training. In 2023, one of these teams will become the first humans ever to land on Mars and live there for the rest of their lives.
Aspiring Martians who have missed round one or could not meet the age restriction can join subsequent selection programmes.