Mars One’s red planet dream embroiled in Earthly perils
Mars One wants to be the first company to send humans to Mars, but it seems that the Netherlands-based venture isn’t able to keep away from Earthly perils including finances.
Having announced its final 100 candidates from which it will select a few lucky ones who will get to live on Mars, Mars One’s ambitious goal is all the more in limelight than it was when it first announced its intentions. The latest announcement from Mars One could be seen as a huge progress; however, the project is already facing issues of different levels with few among them being pretty huge enough to push its timeline back by good few years or even push it down the drain.
First and foremost its the money problem. Mars One expects the mission to cost somewhere around $6 billion (£4 billion), but the project has managed to collect just $760,000 (£496,000). Endemol – the creators of Big Brother – collaborated with Mars One for an exclusive TV show that was expected to cover the journey of Mars One colonists right from their selection through to their deaths. According to reports, the deal fell through and Mars One is said to have lost a big chuck of money inflow that was expected from Endemol.
Mars One is stating that they have already signed up with a new production company that will be creating a TV show, but has refrained from giving out the name of the company.
Lansdorp also told MailOnline: ‘We have ended our cooperation with Endemol because we could not reach agreement on the details of the contract. We have contracted a new production company that will produce the documentary series for us. they have already produced the trailer on our Youtube channel and progress is good.’
Next problem in the pipeline is a supposed delay of Mars One’s robotic lander which is slated to launch in 2018. A report from Space News claimed that Mars One haven’t followed up with companies that created the concept designs for its robotic lander and Mars orbiter. With just a few months to take a call, decide and initiate the work on it, Mars One might have to let go off 2018 launch window and opt for a 2020 launch window which could have snowball effect on future launches including the manned mission.
The feasibility of the mission has been questioned from day one and with NASA pegging a late 2030s timeline for a manned mission to Mars, experts have said that the mission’s objectives aren’t achievable within the project’s budget. Mars One’s initial supporter, astronomer Gerard ‘t Hooft said that the mission will take longer than expected and will be much more expensive than advertised.