Round Two Interview Preparation

Within the next month, 663 aspiring Martians will be given the opportunity to prove themselves as viable Mars One astronaut candidates through a 15 minute interview. The goal of this stage in the Astronaut Selection Process is to gauge each candidate’s personal skills as well as their knowledge of Mars, Martian exploration, and the Mars One Mission itself.

We at Aspiring Martians have put together a complete Stage Two Interview Preparation Packet for you to use which can be found in our Resources section of this website. A series of 134 flashcards broken up into three categories (i.e., Missions to Mars, Facts About Mars, and Mars One FAQs) are now available for everyone. These flashcards not only cover all the material on which Mars One will question you but they also provide a fun “test yourself” section. Additionally, we have provided a Mars One Applicant Study Material Booklet, compiled by Michael Grundling, which presents all the relevant data in an easy to read, textbook-like format.

We here at Aspiring Martians continue to believe that a sense of community is what makes this group so successful. As such, we have provided an area on our forum dedicated to helping applicants find study groups. Having a group of friends to test your knowledge and develop your interview skills will greatly benefit you. There’s an African proverb that best describes this: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Together as Aspiring Martians, we will go far. Good luck to all the 663 candidates with interviews and remember that help is never far away!

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2 thoughts on “Round Two Interview Preparation”

  1. Thank you for organizing this material. The booklet and flash cards are very helpful.

    I believe there was an error in the original candidate interview study packet from Mars One which has been copied to the flashcards though.

    The study packet and flash cards say that the maximum size for a local dust storm is a major axis of 2000 km or a surface area of 106 km^2. A storm would have to be awfully long and skinny to have a major axis anywhere near 2000 km with only 106 km^2 of surface area. This struck me as odd so I did some digging.

    This paper and several others define a local dust storm as having a surface area of < 1.6×10^6 km^2 (1.6 million km^2) which seems much more reasonable:
    http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/8thmars2014/pdf/1316.pdf

    My guess is that whoever was gathering the information for the original study packet misread or mis-copied the exponent 10^6 and it came out as 106.

  2. Thank you, and thanks to everyone who helped prepare the study materials! You guys (generic–gals too) are a magnificent group of people!

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