The Internet is abuzz with a story from one of the Mars One finalists, along with some other experts, who are wondering if the Mars One project to send people on a one-way mission to the Red Planet is nothing but a Mars One scam.
Well, I actually wrote an article positing the exact same question TWO YEARS ago. Fox News published it, but no one wanted to hear it back then. Here’s the story, and here’s a link to a permanent archive.Back in 2013, @StephanieDube pointed out on Fox News that #MarsOne might be a scam Click To Tweet
Back then, I pointed out quite a few flaws in the program, including:
- Designs were rudimentary and barely qualified as “conceptual,” despite the claims Mars One was making
- There’s no way a TV show could fund the entire trip, like Mars One claimed
- The rocket systems that Mars One cited couldn’t do the job
- Mars One doesn’t specify where they will land, just that water will be plentiful — suspicious at best
- Their plan for resources was unrealistic and untenable
- Current tech can’t provide enough drinking water, despite Mars One’s claims
Now, new evidence has surfaced from one of the finalists. This story details his concerns, but here are the main points:
- Mars One received about 2,700 applications, not 200,000, for “one-way trip” astronauts.
- The leading contenders are the ones who pay/donate the most.
- Interviews have only been 10-minute Skype calls, not the rigorous process that Mars One announced.
- The TV production company heading the reality show is out.
- A previously touted advisor now says a trip to Mars will take 100 years.
The cracks are not just starting to show, they’re growing bigger. I just hope Mars One isn’t a huge scam and just a really creative way to get a lot of money for something they never plan on doing. 🙁If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe to the blog below. 🙂