36 Britons make shortlist for one-way trip to Mars

A mock-up of possible living quarters on the Mars One mission. Credit: NASA

A mission to put humans on Mars has whittled a list of 200,000 applicants down to 1,058 candidates who will now be tested to come up with a final list of 24 would-be Mars-dwellers.

Mars One was set up in 2011 by two Dutch men with the goal of establishing permanent human life on Mars by 2025.

The thousand candidates who got through to the first round come from all over the world. Some 36 Britons have made the list, along with 297 Americans, 75 Canadians and 62 Indians.

Of the total, 813 are currently employed, 164 are in education and 81 are unemployed.

They must now undergo rigorous tests, including simulations of life on Mars and coping with isolation, co-founder Bas Lansdorp said.