A Dutch company called Mars One has announced plans to create the first human settlement on the Red Planet in just 10 years. Mars One plans to pick travelers to submit to a full-time training program that will conclude with a one-way ticket to Mars, where a prepared colony will be waiting. Prospective colonists must be at least 18 years old, and the Mars One team says qualities such as resiliency, adaptability, creativity, resourcefulness and curiosity will be given high priority. All necessary skills for Mars survival will be taught to the colonists over the next decade as they prepare full-time to blast into space--and history. Mars One founders Bas Landsorp and Arno Wielders, entrepreneurs with ties to technology and space industries, said they plan to send probes and rovers as early as 2016 to prepare the planet for human habitation. And--no surprise here--they plan to fund the mission through the wonders of Reality television. According to the Los Angeles Times, Space X founder Elon Musk is also eyeing plans to populate Mars, offering aspiring Martians berth for the low low price of half a million dollars. Currently 100 candidates on the shortlist to establish a human colony on the planet Mars are to undergo tests as part of a new phase of the selection process, the project organizers said. Around 200,000 hopefuls from 140 countries initially signed up for the Mars One project, which is to be partly funded by a television reality show about the endeavor. This has been whittled down to 100 people. After the five-day third phase of tests, it will be trimmed further to 40, of whom 24 will eventually be chosen for the one-way trips to the red planet, scheduled to start in 2026. Mars One said the latest tests, 90 percent of which are those used by NASA, will done in teams. "Over the course of five days, candidates will face various challenges," the Dutch-based non-profit organisation said in a statement. "It will be the first time all candidates will meet in person and demonstrate their capabilities as a team. "In this round the candidates will play an active role in decision making/group formation. "Mars One has asked the candidates to group themselves into teams with the people they believe they can work well with." As they will not be returning to Earth, those selected must be capable of living in small groups, finding water, producing oxygen and growing their own food. NASA is currently working on three Mars missions with the European Space Agency and plans to send another rover to Mars in 2020. But NASA plans for a manned mission to Mars are not until the 2030s.