Mars One, which offered 1-way trips to Mars, declared bankrupt

James Marshall
February 12, 2019

A Reddit user recently stumbled across a notice from the Civil Court of the City of Basel in Switzerland indicating the company was declared bankrupt and dissolved on January 15, 2019.

The company generated headlines around the world for its plan to set up a colony on Mars, partly funded via a reality television show and merchandising.

"We don't have the technology to go to Mars, with everything we know today, so I don't think that a marketing company and a TV-type of selection, is sending anybody anywhere", she added.

Mars One made documentary videos about their red planet volunteers, which were sold on to broadcasters and buyers, and had planned to bring the intrepid colonizers to "a desert location to test their team skills" before setting off for Mars in 2026.

But cracks began appearing in 2015, when one of the 100 finalists for the project told website Matter that the leading contenders for the mission had bought their way into that position.

Mars One was split into two ventures, the non-profit Mars One Foundation and the for-profit Mars One Ventures. Mars One Ventures PLC, the UK-registered branch, is listed as a dormant company with less than £20,000 in its accounts.

The Mars One project has been criticised in the past, with researchers at MIT suggesting that Lansdorp's project would result in the deaths of those who traveled to Mars.

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