Mars One, the corporate that promised to colonize Mars with human volunteers and make a actuality TV present about it, has gone bankrupt, crushing the goals of its keen individuals and drawing ‘I instructed you so’s’ from its critics.
The corporate hoped to ship individuals on a one-way journey to Mars the place they might accept the remainder of their lives as we on Earth watched all of it unfold from the consolation of our couches.
Information of the corporate’s demise was solely revealed due to a Reddit person who discovered a courtroom discover from Basel, Switzerland which mentioned it was declared bankrupt on January 15, 2019.
The group mentioned it had 200,000 keen individuals, however this was disputed by former NASA researcher Joseph Roche, who had volunteered for the undertaking and mentioned the actual quantity was 2,761. He additionally mentioned the choice course of had a factors system which may very well be elevated by shopping for merchandise or donating cash to the corporate.
Mars One made documentary movies about their purple planet volunteers, which had been bought on to broadcasters and consumers, and had deliberate to deliver the intrepid colonizers to “a desert location to check their staff abilities” earlier than setting off for Mars in 2026.
The undertaking consists of Dutch non-profit Mars One Basis and the for-profit Mars One Ventures, acquired by a Swiss monetary companies firm in 2016.
“The chapter solely entails Mars One Ventures AG and doesn’t have an effect on the monetary place of the Mars One Basis, which is the driving drive behind the mission,” Mars One mentioned in an announcement. “The Mars One Basis is actively persevering with its efforts to safe funding for mission subsequent steps, both via the listed firm or straight into the Basis.”
In July, the corporate reported it had an funding from Phoenix Enterprises for as much as $14 million that was meant for use to pay for licensing charges and re-list Mars One Ventures on the inventory alternate.
The undertaking has been panned for not being life like in any respect as an effort to colonize the purple planet. Amongst its critics are MIT researchers, who mentioned the plan would merely kill off all of the Mars settlers.
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