Mars One, the not-for-profit group which aims to establish a permanent colony on Mars by 2024, has begun cutting the fat from its applicant pool. In a single, sweeping cut, the pool of potential Mars colonists has been slashed from over 200,000 to just 1,058.
That may seem like a hefty cut, but Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp views the move as a show of the company's serious intent. Those viewed as physically and mentally incapable of permanently leaving Earth were left behind in favor of a smaller pool of "human ambassadors." So, if you were one of the folks who submitted your Mars One application in the nude, chances are you missed out this time.
Mars One is planning on televising the next few rounds of cuts as part of its multi-year astronaut selection process. There's still no word yet on which, if any, network will pick up the contest, but the Mars One team has pledged to put the remaining 1,058 applicants through the ringer over the course of 2014 and 2015. Applicants will compete both individually and in groups for the honor of being selected as part of the first four-person crew sent on a one-way trip to the Red Planet. Applicants who failed to pass the first cut will also be allowed to reapply, so if you're hell-bent on leaving this planet forever, put some clothes on and try, try again.