Mars One Ventures, the company that said it would send hundreds of people to live (and eventually die) on the Red Planet, is now bankrupt, according to Switzerland's financial advisories. It's an amazing development, as many experts suspected that Mars One has been a scam for years, taking advantage of people's wishes to travel into space without having a real plan to get there.
The news of the settlement came to light at the weekend, thanks to a Redditor that saw a bankruptcy notice of the company on a website in the city of Basel, Switzerland, where the parent company of Mars One is located. The source indicated that the city declared the company bankrupt on January 15, which then dissolved the organization. The creator of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp, confirmed the news to Engadget and told the publication that he was "working to find a solution". He noted that Mars One's nonprofit arm, the Mars One foundation, based in the Netherlands, was still alive, but that it lacks the investment to do anything.
Mars One has long been embroiled in a controversy over its dubious plan to send people to Mars, where they were supposed to live the rest of their lives. The company promised the aspiring astronauts that it would send them to the Red Planet to initiate the first human settlement, but that it would not return them to Earth, since it lacked the technology to take them out of the planet. After receiving requests from people around the world, Mars One selected 100 candidates who could possibly be the first to fly on the trip.
However, many of the claims of Mars One have been the subject of intense scrutiny in the years since its inception. On the one hand, the company initially argued that it had received more than 200,000 applicants from people around the world interested in living on Mars, but an investigation by the publication to import Could not verify that claim. to import He also found that the Mars One process to select these candidates was questionable.
In addition, Mars One did not manufacture any aerospace hardware, but said it would finance and buy all the necessary equipment by creating a reality television show that would follow its candidates as they prepared for the mission. Experts have speculated that a mission to Mars could cost hundreds of billions of dollars. And in 2014, two graduate students from MIT created a report on the viability of the Mars One mission, stating that the technology simply was not mature enough for the plan to work and would require much more money and spare parts deliveries than La mission claimed.
The Mars One timelines were always changing, too. The company said it would send a series of robotic missions to the Red Planet to configure the necessary hardware and supplies before the humans arrived. These robotic missions were supposed to begin in 2018 and early 2020, but then Mars One delayed those dates until mid-2020, with the first team of four launches in 2031.
In 2016, Mars One Ventures was acquired by the Swiss company InFin Innovative Finance, although its website no longer seems to be active. The latest update on the Mars One website dates back to July 10, 2018, when it announced an investment agreement with a Swiss firm called Phoenix Enterprises. We have communicated with Mars One, but we did not receive a response at the time of publication.