Mars One Has Officially Raised "Millions" To Build The Red Planet's First Human Settlement

The not-for-profit just raised "a few million" in funding. It's nowhere close to the expected $6 billion pricetag, but it's a start.

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that's planning to build the red planet's first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.

Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will cost, its director of business development Kai Staats points out that this money is the first tangible result of nearly two years in planning mode.

"For us, committed funds in this phase of development are an important indicator we are moving in the right direction," he says.

Mashable reports Mars One has already received around 1,000 emails from people expressing interest in the mission. Once the application process opens up, Mars One says it anticipates "hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than one million applications."

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  • Jimbobasaur

    why dont they borrow loads of money then get mars to pay it back in the future

  • A Fettered Mind

    A Mars-One astronaut will have to let go of any hope of returning to Earth. They will never hold the people they love in their arms when they laugh or cry; or hear their footsteps. They will have to accept that they will be several hundred million kilometres from their loved one’s arms when they exhale their last breath. Experiences that have been part of human existence for Milena will become foreign to them; walking in the open air, swimming in the ocean, feeling warm, no, hot sun on their face. Even walking in one direction for more than a minute, without a spacesuit, will be many years away from being possible.

  • Venonaut

    Venus is better; 55km off the surface the atmospheric pressure and temperature are both earthlike, and you could fly a zeppelin or build a floating city easily (the city's own air would provide buoyancy in the heavy CO2 atmosphere of Venus). Not to mention Venus' gravity is closer to that of Earth so there's less risk of "low-gravity syndrome"

  • Trete

    unfortunately the atmosphere of Venus is extremely corrosive, so this wouldn't be a very good idea...

  • Jimbobasaur

     there is a  layer in venus atmosphere which is apparently just like the earth, although with this mars one project, just think. next time aliens invade they'll be messing with 2 planets instead of 1

  • DuaneBidoux

    I think I might have started out with a slghtly smaller challenge, perhaps the moon.

  • Gwyn Rosaire

    No, the moon is a barren waste land compared to Mars. It's like settling in the Utah desert on your way to California from the east coast. Especially if you're going one way.