Keep in mind Mars One, the startup that stated it was going to fund a crewed mission to Mars by turning the journey right into a reality TV show? Now the corporate is bankrupt, according to financial documents published online. Engadget confirmed the bankruptcy with Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp, who informed the publication that he was working “to discover a solution” to the corporate’s monetary woes – however, issues do not sound hopeful for the would-be Mars colonist startup. The information was first unveiled on Reddit, where a person posted a link to Swiss financial paperwork suggesting that the corporation was set to be liquidated.
To be technical, Mars One comprised two arms – the for-profit Mars One Ventures and the non-profit Mars One Foundation – and it is the for-profit half that is out of money, according to the documents. However, Lansdorp instructed Engadget that the non-revenue portion of the venture wasn’t able to act without additional funding.
Again in 2012, Lansdorp and his associates introduced a ludicrously bold plan to ship colonists to the Red Planet – and to fund the undertaking with a reality TV show about the selection process and on-Earth test colony, with the assistance of Big Brother producer Paul Römer.
Although the dream is perhaps dead, it lives on at press time within the form of optimistic copy on the mission’s web site. “Mars One goals to ascertain an everlasting human settlement on Mars,” it reads. “Some uncrewed missions will probably be accomplished, establishing a liveable settlement before carefully chosen and skilled crews will depart to Mars.”Funding and implementing this plan is not going to be straightforward, and it will likely be hard.”