Today, societies of Earth are in a race to colonize Mars. For this discussion forum, assume you oversee a colonization project, a one-way trip to Mars in which the selected participants will have to survive in an unforgiving environment, very different from that of Earth. There have been 200,000 applicants and it is your responsibility to select an appropriate mix of individuals to form this new society on Mars.
Address the following:
What factors would you consider in selecting applicants for your Mars colonization team?
What professional and population demographics would you select?
Finally, what was learned from the Biosphere2 project which might inform your choices?