Back to the mind in 2012. The Gangnam style is everywhere. The grown up adults will see the movie Ted for some reason. More importantly, a small company of the The Netherlands announces their goal to disembark four astronauts on Mars by 2023, in order to establish a permanent human colony.
Announce a global callout for potential astronauts, for the whole world and for all kinds of backgrounds. From those candidates, their program of selection of astronauts chosen by experts will choose only the best and brightest to start a new life on the red planet, almost certainly will never return.
It is inspiring, futuristic too. A demonstration of how far humanity has reached from the technological point of view and our passion for exploration. Except that almost certainly will never happen. To quote the Guardian :
Gerard & # 39; t Hooft a Dutchman Nobel winner and ambassador of Mars One, said he did not believe that the mission could take off 2024 as expected.
"It will take a little more time and it will be a little bit more expensive." When for the first time they asked me to get involved, I told them "you have to put a zero after all", has said, implying that a launch date in 100 years with a budget of tens of billions of dollars would be a realizable goal.But, added Hooft, "People do not want something in 100 years from now."
Generous categorization of the project suggested that it was misleading, less generous categorizations calling it a scam.
But it is neither here nor there, with the news that the whole thing is going down the tube.Mar One was made up of two components of different business: the non-profit foundation Mars One Foundation and the for-profit Mars One Ventures intended to finance the first, unfortunately for them, a decision of the Civil Court of the City of Basel saw Mars One Ventures go into liquidation.
Although almost certainly never went to the first place, Mars One is now very, very definitely not going to Mars.