How Plausible is a Reality Show Means of Selecting a Space Crew?
How plausible is it that a one way trip to another world would be privately funded by a reality-show like recruitment and selection process, partnered with merchandising, licensing, and donations? That was not science fiction, but science fact.
Founded in 2011, Mars One has gotten off to a slow start and been the subject of a great deal of criticism, but they have kept the conversation going. With an estimated $400 million milestone unmanned mission scheduled for 2022 and no actual crews scheduled until 2031, it remains to be seen if they will succeed.
Their 2017 financial statement shows an organization that has well developed ideas about how it will raise the funds it needs, and how it must invest in it's fundraising.