The colonizing of Mars is to be postponed for five years due to lack of money, the people behind Mars One mission announced.
Mars One is a British-Dutch company that plans a one-way mission to Mars as part of a reality show.
The target date for the colonization – 2026 was moved to 2031. The unmanned mission meant to prepare the terrain for the human settlers was also delayed by four more years. The initial plans were to put the first humans on Mars in 2023.
Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp said that the postponement was made to give the venture enough time to raise funds for the large expenses associated with the mission.
“Of course the whole Mars One team would have preferred to be able to stick to the original schedule, but this new timeline significantly improves our odds of successfully achieving this mission road map,” the Mars One chief said.
Mars One’s human mission to Mars
The company is in the process of being taken over by Swiss financial services firm InFin Innovative Finance AG, which bought Mars One for €87 million.
Mars One is currently made up of two entities: the Dutch non-profit group Mars One Foundation and the British for-profit company Mars One Ventures PLC.
Mars One’s intention of colonizing Mars has attracted, according to the venture, about 200,000 people from 140 countries willing to volunteer for such mission.
The plan is to first send a robotic precursor mission to Mars to explore the planet before transporting human colonizers. 24 individuals will be selected and sent to Mars in six groups made up of four individuals each.
The colonists will have to extract water, produce food and generate their own oxygen supply once they reach the red planet. The mission should be financed by making a reality TV show that follows the colonists on their mission.