Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will cost, its director of business development Kai Staats points out that this money is the first tangible result of nearly two years in planning mode.
"For us, committed funds in this phase of development are an important indicator we are moving in the right direction," he says.
Mashable reports Mars One has already received around 1,000 emails from people expressing interest in the mission. Once the application process opens up, Mars One says it anticipates "hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than one million applications."
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