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Mars One postpones its Red Planet plan

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Mars One envisions creating a permanent settlement on Mars, as shown in this artist’s conception. (Mars One Illustration)

Remember Mars One? Four years ago, a Dutch-based venture said it would take advantage of reality-show revenue to send crews on the Red Planet in 2023. Now the date is 2032 – but it remains to be seen whether Mars One will ever be able to follow through.

The revised schedule was laid out today in an online update that also touches upon Mars One’s biggest hurdle: finding the billions of dollars needed to fund a crewed mission to Mars.

“Mars One can only implement the mission to Mars if we can afford it – and we need investments to get going,” the venture’s co-founder and CEO, Bas Lansdorp, said in the update.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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