Company That Would Bring Humans to Mars Goes Bankrupt

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The company that would fund the Mars One mission was settled in a Swiss court, which represents a serious setback on our journey to the red planet. The entire project consisted of two organizations: One is the Mars One Foundation, a nonprofit organization responsible for implementing the goal of permanently establishing humans on Mars. The other was Mars One Ventures AG, which held sole rights to monetize the project through such things as the sale of sponsorship and broadcast rights.

Bas Lansdorp, founder of Mars One, emphasized that filing for bankruptcy affected only the for-profit company, Mars One Ventures. However, with the collapse of that company, funding for the nonprofit foundation is uncertain.

Mars One has made headlines for several years with plans to privately fund human missions to Mars, with those selected to fly on those missions, committing to a one-way trip with no prospect of returning to Earth. In its announcement of its plans for 2012, Mars One said it expected people to reach Mars in 2023, a date later postponed to 2032.

Mars One claimed it could carry out the initial mission by landing the first four-person crew on Mars for $ 6 billion, a number the organization offered few details and was widely criticized in the space industry. Mars One planned to raise funds for the mission by selling broadcast rights, citing large revenues generated by rights to events such as the Olympics and the World Cup.

There was a considerable response from people interested in flying such missions. They claimed that by September 2013 there were already more than 200,000 people enrolled in their first round of astronaut selection. By February 2015, Mars One had reduced the number of finalists for its first round of astronauts to 100, who were expected to participate in additional projections, including training.

While the future of Mars One is uncertain, Elon Musk's SpaceX still wants to put humans on Mars in the coming decades and they look promising as they are always launching new aerospace technology projects. Going to Mars seems like a not-so-distant dream, but we're in the mood for the next decade to see a lot of progress for the mission. [ ScienceNews ]

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