Mars One is dead

An artist's visualization of the Mars One base on the Red Planet.                  Mars One

An artist's visualization of the Mars One base on the Red Planet. Mars One

A Swiss court declared the commercial division of the Mars One project, the goal of which is to colonize planet Mars, bankrupt. A new investor is interested in resurrecting the for-profit part of the group and plans to announce his or her intentions for Mars One on March 6. Among the many scandalous details, that report claimed that just 2,761 people had applied to Mars One-a far cry from the claimed number in the tens and eventually hundreds of thousands. Among its critics are MIT researchers, who said the plan would simply kill off all the Mars settlers.

Mars One began accepting applications in 2013 for a mission to establish a permanent settlement on Mars.

He noticed that the non-profit arm of Mars One, the Netherlands-based Mars One Foundation, was still alive, however, lacks investment to do anything. The Mars One astronauts were to be "sequestered in a remote location", the company had said, where they could practice living in (and repairing) a habitat like one designed for life on Mars. By 2013, the company claimed that almost 80,000 people had done so. The total debts of Mars One amount to CHF 1.1 million (approximately € 1 million).

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Today, according to Engadget, Mars One has a possible lifeline. The company wanted to document the process of colonizing one of the planets nearest to Earth in a reality tv show.

Hey, remember that bad Mars mission startup that just officially died because it totally ran out of money and it wasn't even close to doing anything meaningful? The company goes on to explain that it's going to "redirect its focus" and attempt to actually make good on its claims of a manned Mars mission.

For now, that's all Mars One is saying on the matter. The last update on Mars One's site goes back to July 10th, 2018, when it reported an investment deal with a Swiss firm called Phoenix Enterprises.

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