Mars One, the company that promised to colonize Mars with human volunteers and turn it into a reality television show, has been ruined, has smashed the dreams of its willing participants and has pulled from its critics "I told you so".
The company hoped to send people on a one-way trip to Mars, where they would settle for the rest of their lives, while we on Earth watched everything from the comfort of our sofas.
The news of the company's disappearance was only revealed thanks to a Reddit user who found a judicial notice in Basel, Switzerland, who said he was declared bankrupt on January 15, 2019.
The group said it had 200,000 willing participants, but this was discussed by former NASA researcher Joseph Roche, who had volunteered for the project and said the actual number was 2,761. He also said that the selection process had a points system that could be increased by buying merchandise or donating money to the company.
Mars One made documentary videos about its volunteers from the Red Planet, which were sold to broadcasters and buyers, and had planned to take the intrepid settlers to "A desert place to test your team skills" Before leaving for Mars in 2026.
The project consists of the non-profit foundation Mars One and the non-profit organization Mars One Ventures, acquired by a Swiss financial services company in 2016.
"Bankruptcy only involves 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. "The Mars One Foundation is actively continuing its efforts to secure funding for the next steps of the mission, either through the company listed or directly at the Foundation."
In July, the company reported that it had an investment of Phoenix Enterprises for up to $ 14 million to pay license fees and re-list Mars One Ventures on the stock exchange.
The project has been paneled for not being realistic at all as an effort to colonize the red planet. Among its critics are the MIT researchers, who said the plan would simply kill all colonists on Mars.
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