The total debts of Mars One amount to CHF 1.1 million (approximately € 1 million).
'The 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, ' the statement said. "During the last few months, discussions have been held with a new investment company", Mars One said today.
The most recent Mars One announcement, although a possible fatal setback, nonetheless echoes the optimism that CEO Bas Lansdorp showed when the project started taking astronaut applications back in 2013, when he said the $6 billion price for the Mars effort "is actually a bargain" when compared to large undertakings such as the Summer Olympics. "The goal of the investor and Mars One is to achieve either a reversal of the administration or a restart based on a financial agreement with the liquidator".
A company that promised to send people to live on planet Mars called Mars One Ventures is bankrupt, according to liquidation listing first seen by a Reddit user on r/space.
A press release notes the company is "currently working on a solution with an investor". And she said she was still excited at the idea of getting to Mars someday - perhaps by applying for NASA's space program and joining one of its missions to Earth's neighbor.
'Mars One has a very innovative business model combining branding and media rights with the increasingly popular topic of space exploration, ' chief executive Oscar Christian said at the time.
By 2015, a Mars One insider had blown the whistle on the organization. It'll focus on creating content about the technological, psychological, economical, and ethical aspects of colonization. But the vexing question is, just why in the hell would anybody want to salvage Mars One?