Mars One, the company that promised to colonize Mars with human volunteers and make a reality show about it, went bankrupt, crushing the dreams of its willing participants and drawing "I said you is" from its critics.
The company was hoping to send people on a one-way trip to Mars where they would be content for the rest of their lives while we on Earth watched everything from the comfort of our couches.
The news of the disappearance of the company was revealed only thanks to a Reddit user who found a court notice from Basel, Switzerland, which stated that it was declared bankruptcy on January 15, 2019.
The group said it had 200,000 willing participants, but this was challenged by former NASA researcher Joseph Roche, who he volunteered for the project and said that the real number was 2,761. He also said that the selection process had a system of points that could be increased by buying goods or donating money to society.
Mars One made video documentaries about their red planet volunteers, sold to broadcasters and buyers, and had planned to bring intrepid colonizers to "a desert resort to test their skills" before to leave for Mars in 2026.
The project consists of a Dutch non-profit foundation Mars One and the One-profit foresight Marte, acquired by a Swiss financial services company in 2016.
"Bankruptcy concerns only Mars One Ventures AG and does not affect the financial position of the Mars One Foundation, which is the driving force behind the mission," Mars One said in a statement. "Mars One Foundation is actively pursuing its efforts to secure funding for the next phases of the mission, both through the listed company and directly in the Foundation."
In July, the company reported an investment from Phoenix Enterprises for up to $ 14 million that was to be used to pay license fees and re-list Mars One Ventures on the stock exchange.
The project was cut short not to be as realistic as an effort to colonize the red planet. Among its critics are the MIT researchers, who said the plan would simply kill all the settlers of Mars.
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