Saturday, 16 February, 2019

The Overly Ambitious (and Possibly Nefarious) Mars One Mission Is Officially Kaput

Total Recall Mars One is dead
Frank Williams | 13 February, 2019, 22:54

'The bankruptcy only involves Mars One Ventures AG and does not affect the financial position of the Mars One Foundation, which is the driving force behind the mission, ' the statement said.

Mars One consisted of two arms: the non-profit Mars One Foundation and the for-profit Mars One Ventures. Along the way, Mars One also fended off accusations that it was running a scam, getting people to pay almost $40 for a remote chance to travel in space. A portion of the press release explains what the company has been doing lately, which has very little to do with traveling to Mars: During the last few months, discussions have been held with a new investment company.

Almost seven years after it first grabbed headlines, Mars One, a startup that wanted to send the first human colony to Mars, is officially dead. The organization promised wannabe space travelers that it would send them to the Red Planet to start the first human settlement, however, that it would not return them to Earth as it came up short on the technology to get them off the planet.

Mars One - which began in the Netherlands and now has ties to a Swiss financial services company - says it's been talking to investors and hopes to emerge from the bankruptcy process intact. The list was cut down to 1,058 finalists - who then went through several more rounds of reductions. Mars One's creator, Bas Lansdorp, affirmed the news to Engadget and told the publication he was "working to discover an answer".

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Describing its potential astronauts, Mars One said it was looking for people who are "intelligent, creative, psychologically stable and physically healthy". 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.

The spaceship with the colonists was to be launched to Mars in 2026.

A sharp-eyed Redditor found documentation from January of this year indicating that Mars One Ventures, the company behind Mars One, a controversial Martian colonization project, has been declared bankrupt by a Swiss Civil Court.

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