Company that advertised one-way trips to Mars goes bankrupt

12 Février, 2019, 20:05 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Life on Mars? Illustration Mars One  Bryan Versteeg

Mars One, the company that promised to colonize Mars with human volunteers and make a reality TV show about it, has gone bankrupt, crushing the dreams of its willing participants and drawing "I told you so's" from its critics.

Mars One received more than 200,000 applications for the Mars settlement and whittled the list down to 100 finalists - including six Canadians - back in 2015.

The project consists of Dutch non-profit Mars One Foundation and the for-profit Mars One Ventures, acquired by a Swiss financial services company in 2016.

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A Reddit user recently stumbled across a notice from the Civil Court of the City of Basel in Switzerland indicating the company was declared bankrupt and dissolved on January 15, 2019. Mars One Ventures PLC, the UK-registered branch, is listed as a dormant company with less than £20,000 in its accounts. Speaking to Engadget, Bas Lansdorp said that the Foundation is still operating, but won't be able to act without further investment.

The company said in a short website statement that it is now working with an investor to find a solution to the bankruptcy.

The Mars One project has been criticised in the past, with researchers at MIT suggesting that Lansdorp's project would result in the deaths of those who traveled to Mars.

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