TIL that Mars One was a Dutch organization that gathered investment to send first humans on Mars but their idea was considered implausible by experts, eventually ending up bankrupt.

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  1. It didn’t “fail”, it was a scam from the start. Candidates had to pay to advance to the next round of qualifying/training. The organizers never had any intention of going to Mars.

  2. Conversely there was a Martian organization called “Amster-damn!” that gathered investments to send Mars residents to the free wheeling fun city of Amsterdam but alas the Martian authorities were concerned that anyone going would want to stay permanently.

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