Will Mars One get off the ground? Here’s why it doesn’t matter if they succeed or not1 min read

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 8:22 PM – Will Mars One get off the ground? Criticisms of the mission have been flying as of late, and CEO Bas Lansdorp has come out to respond to them, but in the end, it really doesn’t matter whether this one-way trip will ever happen.

The Mars One project – the plan to send teams of four people on one-way trips to the Red Planet starting in 2025 – has had more than its fair share of critics ever since the mission was announced in 2013.

Just recently, Dr. Joseph Roche, an astrophysicist at Trinity College’s School of Education in Dublin, spoke out against Mars One on Medium.com. In the article, Roche – who is not on Mars One’s current roster of candidates – leveled several criticisms at the project, saying:

• Mars One had nowhere near the 200,000 applicants original reported,
• Candidates were encouraged to donate a large portion of any fees they collect from speaking about their involvement in Mars One,
• Candidates had ‘bought’ their way into subsequent rounds of the selection process, through donations and purchasing project merchandise, and
• The short video he submitted, the application he filled out, and a “10-minute Skype interview” were not enough to judge his suitability for the program.

The article went on to say that “Mars One has almost no money. Mars One has no contracts with private aerospace suppliers who are building technology for future deep-space missions. Mars One has no TV production partner. Mars One has no publicly known investment partnerships with major brands. Mars One has no plans for a training facility where its candidates would prepare themselves. Mars One’s candidates have been vetted by a single person, in a 10-minute Skype interview.”

Sebastien Clarke
Sebastien Clarke

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