Despite bankruptcy, Mars One has been keeping up appearances on Twitter with nary a mention of having gone belly up.More news: RIP Opportunity, the Little Mars Rover That Could
"We are now working with the administrator and an investor to find a solution moving forward, though at this moment that is all we can share", the company said in an email.
It's a flimsy business model at best, but Mars One Ventures says its new investor is willing to carry the company's financial burden while it turns its dreams into reality.More news: Meghan Markle's being vilified the same way Diana was: George Clooney
Mars One Ventures PLC, the UK-registered branch, is listed as a dormant company with less than £20,000 in its accounts. The Mars One astronauts were to be "sequestered in a remote location", the company had said, where they could practice living in (and repairing) a habitat like one designed for life on Mars. That was confirmed today by Mars One, which announced that the corporation is indeed in administration. According to the organization, around 200,000 applications were submitted although one source, a finalist that in 2015 claimed the whole thing was a scam, said the actual number of applications received was just 2,761. The company wanted to document the process of colonizing one of the planets nearest to Earth in a reality tv show. Experts have speculated that a mission to Mars could possibly cost hundreds of billions of dollars. "For the execution of the actual voyage to Mars, the company will continue to seek strategic collaboration with renowned companies and organizations involved with the travel to Mars", it now says. The company claimed it could do so using existing technology.
In 2018 the company signed a deal with Swiss investment company Phoenix which said it would invest up to €12m in the project.More news: Ford recalls 1.5 mn F-150 pickups