Martian Colonization Startup Mars One is Bankrupt, Surprising No One

Monday, 11 February 2019 - 10:06AM
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Monday, 11 February 2019 - 10:06AM
Martian Colonization Startup Mars One is Bankrupt, Surprising No One
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A sharp-eyed Redditor found documentation from January of this year indicating that Mars One Ventures, the company behind Mars One, a controversial Martian colonization project, has been declared bankrupt by a Swiss Civil Court. Founded by Dutch entrepreneurs Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders in 2011, Mars One promised to establish a permanent human colony on the red planet by 2027.


Lansdorp, who apparently hoped to fund the project by creating a reality television show around it, later doubled down on his astronomical plans by making vague allusions to "floating cities in the atmosphere of Venus" while quietly pushing the launch date back to 2031 after two MIT students absolutely destroyed the feasibility of the project in one of the most brutal PowerPoint presentations ever laid before an audience. 

In an interview with Engadget, Lansdorp said that the Mars One Foundation – the non-profit arm of the project – was still operating, but unable to do anything without any investors.

Despite bankruptcy, Mars One has been keeping up appearances on Twitter with nary a mention of having gone belly up.

The news comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone at Outer Places.
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