In this short interview, Dr. Norbert Kraft, the medical advisor of the Mars One Project, describes the next round of selection, which will take place over the next few months.
From more than 200,000 applicants, 1058 Round 2 candidates were selected. Of that 1058, 715 (including me!) passed a series of required medical exams. Now, the candidates will undergo interviews and as-yet-unspecified “additional challenges” aimed at selecting representatives from specific geographical regions.
As we already know, the plurality of applicants (28%) came from the USA, which means that the geographically based competition will be fiercer for Americans. Fortunately for us, it sounds like the country will be split up into smaller segments (East Coast, West Coast, and Central). Still, each of those groups amounts for almost 10% of the total applicant pool.
Getting through the next round is going to be challenging.