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Mars One Ventures has been declared bankrupt

February 12, 2019 | Comment icon 11 comments



It was a nice idea, but it was never going to happen. Image Credit: Mars One / Bryan Vertseeg
The Dutch firm, which aimed to begin founding a human colony on Mars by 2025, has inevitably gone bust.
Back in 2012 when it was initially announced, there were few in the space industry who actually believed that Mars One - the brainchild of Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp - would ever actually succeed in achieving its ridiculously ambitious goal of colonizing Mars.

Leaning on absolutely no experience whatsoever, its organizers aimed to not only land the first humans on Mars within a very short space of time, but to also build and populate a base there.

In 2013, potential colonists were asked to sign up for the mission with the understanding that if they did manage to make it to Mars, there was no guarantee they'd ever return home.
Despite the risks, a whopping 200,000 people expressed an interest in going.

Inevitably though, given the sheer impossibility of what the firm was trying to achieve as well as a considerable lack of funding throughout the initial stages, the firm's commercial arm - Mars One Ventures - has now officially gone bankrupt.

It's a sad end to a venture that, while unrealistic, did at least offer a glimpse of what the future might be like should we one day succeed in becoming an interplanetary species.

For now though, sadly, the idea of colonizing Mars remains little more than a pipe dream.

Source: Engadget | Comments (11)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 3 years ago
The biggest surprise is that it took this long for them to go bust. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Almighty Evan 3 years ago
Big Bang Theory had been keeping the dream alive since Sheldon wanted Amy to go with him in 2015. https://bigbangtheory.fandom.com/wiki/The_Colonization_Application
Comment icon #4 Posted by Orphalesion 3 years ago
Didn't they already declare bankruptcy (or go broke or whatever) a few years back?
Comment icon #5 Posted by toast 3 years ago
It was my judgement from the beginning on that Mars One is/was a very big scam. Now, it would be of interest to know the cash flow within Lansdorp`s foundation and Mars One Ventures.
Comment icon #6 Posted by tmcom 3 years ago
Well, that is my $10 and membership down the drain.
Comment icon #7 Posted by AllPossible 3 years ago
Bring a handful of people there to experience it, then worry about colonization.. The ship that can carry the first humans to mars is a important task, classic don't run before u can walk.. Let's see it from a different angle.
Comment icon #8 Posted by esoteric_toad 3 years ago
Cynical I know, but I am going to bet at least some people in that firm make some serious money even though it went bankrupt. Even for major governments with extremely deep pockets the idea of getting to the moon seems nearly impossible let alone getting to mars just to orbit it, let alone land and build a colony.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Aggressive colonization without a return warranty was the way to go in the past history. The idea to use it for Mars can be interesting if a couple of robot waves to prepare the site have been done before to build infrastructures, power supplies, fuel sources and food production. To put human there first and build after is a little bit far fetched.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Coil 3 years ago
Do not worry, Mask encourages lunar settlements: Spoiler 2023: First manned BFR flight around the moon:   2024: The first flight of people to Mars: 2025: First landing of people on Mars in the history of mankind: 2028: Completion of the construction of the base "Alpha": 2030s (possibly): Building the first city on Mars:    
Comment icon #11 Posted by TripGun 3 years ago
Could have saved some money by sending the people already dead rather than having them die out there.


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