Colonizing Mars is a bold and expensive endeavor that has captured the imagination of many space enthusiasts for decades. Financing the trip through a reality tv show is an even bolder proposition but that hasn’t stopped Mars One from giving it a shot. Now in what is the first major development for the project since its announcement this June, Mars One has gotten its first sponsors in what they hope will be man’s first real effort to colonize another planet.
According to Space.com, Dutch companies Byte Internet, VBC Notarissen, New-Energy.tv, and MeetIn are now sponsors of the project along with the Australia-based Dejan SEO. While the sponsorship pool remains mostly Dutch and relatively small they could provide enough capital for Mars One to get a good start on the project and possibly pave the way to the international support that will be necessary to finance the trip. The General Director of Dejan SEO, Dan Petrovic, is excited about the new partnership.
Mars One is not just a daring project, but the core of what drives human spirit towards exploration of the unknown. We are privileged to be a supporter of this incredible project.