At least 20,000 people have applied for Mars One, with an application fee of $38.
So who is paying for this? According to Ars Technica:
In fact, this is how the project expects to clear the majority of its financing: the Mars One project will be filmed, from beginning to end, with the spacecraft and habitats all wired up with cameras and microphones like a grand version of the Big Brother house. No word on whether or not contestants will be able to vote each other out of the airlock, but here’s hoping, because that would be awesome. And also horrible.
Would you watch this kind of reality show?