Mars, Here We Come!
The Mars One foundation will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Mars One gives you the opportunity to participate in this historic project. This can be your mission to Mars!
Your participation will help fund the first private Mars mission - a Mars Lander and Satellite mission in 2018: the first major step in our project.
The Next Giant Leap for Mankind
Human settlement of Mars is literally the next giant leap for mankind. Our mission is enabling scientists, adventurists, and explorers to live this dream. We’re breaking down barriers to allow everyone, including you, to participate in this historic event.
Navigate Our CampaignInspire Generations to Come
Become involved in our Human Mission to Mars
A Groundbreaking Plan
Q&A Crowdfunding and 2018 Mission
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The 2018 Mars Mission in More Detail
Mars One History and Team
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Inspire Generations to Come
Those who observed Neil Armstrong land on the Moon all those years ago still remember every detail – where they were, who they were with and how they felt. As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe everything is possible and anything can be achieved.
Our generation can experience something at least equally amazing. Not only will the mission be an amazing inspiration, science and understanding of space and the stars will be greatly advanced. This private 2018 mission will be the first major step toward landing the first men and women on Mars and it will change the way we look upon space exploration. Your support will show our partners & sponsors that the world is ready for this to happen. WE CAN AND SHOULD DO IT TOGETHER!
Become Involved in our Human Mission to Mars
While complex, Mars One has developed a realistic plan to establish a permanent settlement on Mars. Much of what was learned from Skylab, Mir and the International Space Station has resulted in vital data, experiences with systems and related know-how -- all of which are applicable to living on Mars. Our plan is built upon existing technologies available from proven suppliers. All equipment will be developed by industry leaders in the private space industry and integrated in established facilities.
In this Indiegogo campaign, we give you the opportunity to contribute to the first ever private mission to Mars. It will be the the first step in establishing a human outpost on the Red Planet. The earnings from this Indiegogo campaign will go to the Mission Concept Studies by Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology LTD (SSTL) for our first unmanned mission in 2018, which will demonstrate hardware for the human mission in 2025.
A Groundbreaking Plan
In May 2018, a private lander and communications satellite will be launched from Earth to Mars. The main goal of this demonstration mission is to provide a proof of concept for several essential technologies for a human mission.
The Mars lander will be built by aerospace industry leader Lockheed Martin. The lander design is based on the successful Mars lander used in the 2007 NASA Phoenix mission. Lockheed Martin has a distinct legacy of participating in nearly every NASA mission to Mars. For the Phoenix mission, the company designed, built, tested and operated the lander for NASA.
A communications satellite, built by SSTL, will provide a high bandwidth communications system in a Mars synchronous orbit and will be used to relay data and a live video feed from the lander on the surface of Mars back to Earth.
This 2018 mission will be the first in preparation for human landing. The first Mars One crew is scheduled to land in 2025, with additional crew landing every two years. Before that, Mars One will have established a habitable, sustainable outpost via multiple missions scheduled between 2018 and 2022.
No human has ever landed on Mars. This is a lifelong dream for the Mars One team, all our advisers and ambassadors, astronaut applicants and millions of you across the world.
|“This project seems to me to be the only way to fulfill dreams of mankind’s expansion into space.”
Prof. Gerard ‘t Hooft (The Netherlands), Nobel Prize winning Theoretical Physicist
|“The Mars One base can be built at low risk with the scientific and engineering data collected, and lessons learned from the many robotic missions conducted by both NASA and ESA that I have been part of. I am eager to contribute to the effort to develop a multi-planetary human society."
Terry Gamber (USA), worked on the lander designs for the Viking mission
|“Mars One represents a chance to establish a new home for humanity outside the cradle of the Earth. As such, it may be one of the most important steps we could take. The sort of home that Mars might become, however, will depend strongly on how we approach its challenges—and opportunities. I am pleased to help the Mars One team in dealing with both."
Prof. John D. Rummel, PhD (USA), Director of East Carolina University’s (ECU’s) Institute for Coastal Science and Policy Chairman of the COSPAR Panel on Planetary Protection
|“I joined the Mars One advisory board because I plan to retire on Mars... but not too soon! I want to help send some healthy settlers on ahead to get the place ready for me."
Esther Dyson (USA), angel investor and chairman of EDventure Holdings
|“If no one tries, no one will succeed. I'm proud to do what I can to help."
Dr. Robert Zubrin (USA), President of Pioneer Astronautics and founder and President of the Mars Society
|“Mars is not just a destination but rather our destiny in terms of human exploration and settlement off Earth."
James W. Rice, PhD (USA), Geologist and co-investigator on the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers
|“To be part of this Advisory Team for Mars One is both an honour and a challenge. I think this is an exciting and cutting edge project that will impact our society and the way we view the world. History has been made when the impossible is made possible and where the struggle is the impetus to change."
Prof. Raye Kass, PhD (Canada), Professor of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University, Montreal
This is not the mission of one organization or one country. Our 2018 mission will be the foundation of humankind’s mission to Mars. Mars One will involve you in as many ways as possible, starting with perks you’ll receive in return for your contribution, including:
- Access to summaries of the mission concept studies
- Your message printed on the landing parachute
- An invitation to the 2018 launch party
Achieving the goals of this campaign provides a major step forward in private space exploration and other essential benefits, including:
- Providing the funding to successfully design a roadmap for the first private mission to Mars in 2018.
- Developing the customized design of the NASA Phoenix platform that includes all Mars One experiments.
- Drawing attention from potential large sponsors and partners to participate in our mission.
- And, last but not least, announcing to the world we will achieve our mission objectives!
Q&A Crowdfunding and 2018 Mission
What if Mars One only gains part of the funds for this crowdfunding campaign?
Mars One does not rely on the crowdfunding for financing these studies. The contributions will help us achieve our goals more rapidly. Mars One has split up the work into parts. The current contracts cover the first steps in the 2018 mission. Lockheed Martin has started working on the mission concept for our 2018 Lander Mission.
Mars One will gain funds to send humans and cargo to Mars in a variety of ways. Mars One is a private and not a governmental initiative. Anyone interested can contribute in realizing the mission. Other than crowdfunding, the means of funding are as follows (not limited to):
- Exclusive partnerships
- Sales of broadcasting rights
- Involvement with high net worth individuals
- Revenues from Intellectual Property
Why crowdfunding if Mars One has other means of funding?
We want this to be humankind’s mission to Mars and want to give everybody the opportunity to participate in space exploration. Crowdfunding helps Mars One to achieve our next financial goals more rapidly, but more importantly, it is a great way to involve the world.
Why did Mars One select Lockheed Martin for the 2018 Mars lander?
Lockheed Martin has a distinct legacy of participating in nearly every NASA Mars mission to date. They have built every aeroshell entry system that NASA has sent to Mars and built both Viking landers, the Phoenix lander and are currently working on NASA’s InSight lander. When we decided to move forward with the development of this private mission to Mars, we looked across the industry and determined Lockheed Martin was the obvious choice to build the lander.
Will there be science on the 2018 mission?
Our lander is more a technology demonstration mission than a science mission. Important scientific information will come from the water experiment on water content and distribution in the upper layer of the soil. The university experiment competition allows students to propose experiments with a scientific goal.
Who will build the water and solar experiments?
We have not yet selected a supplier for these experiments. Mars One will announce a 'request for proposal' for the experiments in 2014. The experiments with the best trade-off between mass, power, budget & performance will win. The suppliers will determine the deployment method of their experiment.
What are you plans for the STEM and University challenges?
Mars One will announce an 'invitation for proposal' for university teams in 2014 in which they can propose experiments. We are discussing details of the STEM challenges with various STEM partners. We expect high school students (14-18) to propose experiments of which one will fly to Mars. We expect the challenge winning group of students under 14 sending a letter to Mars which will wait to be read by the first group of astronauts.
Who will determine the winner of the various competitions?
The experiment partners, Mars One and the mission contributors will get a say. Members on Mars One's Community Platform will have voting rights. All contributors to our Indiegogo campaign will receive an invite to become a part of the Mars One Community.
Until when can payloads for the 2018 mission be proposed?
The deadline for the student competition will be announced in the call for proposals. We invite organizations who are interested in flying their payload to Mars to get in touch with Mars One as soon as possible as there is limited capacity on our 2018 lander.
For several perks, we need additional information from (such as T-shirt or hoodie sizes, or a picture for the Mars Orbit Selfie). After the end of the campaign, we will send all of our contributors an instruction on how to share that information with us.
Meet the Martians T-shirt (Black or White)
Our Meet the Martians T-shirt comes in black and white. After the end of the campaign we will send you an email to ask for your preferred color, size and model (for men, women or children). Have a better look at the print here.
The amazing print was designed by Florian Branchet.
Large Laser Engraved Mars Outpost (available in 3 sizes)
A stunning and hefty artifact to elegantly display your support of the Mars One Mission: the Mars settlement laser engraved in a large glass block. The top view displays the Mars One logo and the text "The Next Giant Leap For Mankind".
Available in 3 sizes:
- 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.4" (9 x 9 x 3.5 cm) - 1 pound (450 grams)
- 7 x 7 x 2" (18 x 18 x 5 cm) - 9 pounds (4 kg)
- 9 x 9 x 2.4" (23 x 23 x 6 cm) - 20 pounds (9 kg)
If you are a Mars One applicant and you are pre-selected for Round 2: you can choose to add the text "Mars One 2013 Selection - Round 2 Candidate".
Mars Orbit Selfie
Receive a Selfie from Mars Orbit. You upload your favorite picture and we’ll take a photograph of that image on the communication satellite, with Mars Orbit as the background. First come, first serve, so get this perk quickly!
Your Selfie will be sent to you to show off, whether you print it for your home or office or upload it to Facebook, Google+, VK or any other social networking site. Makes an amazing gift for any space enthusiasts you know. You will receive a certificate of participation.
Bronze Mars One 2014 Collector Coin
Elegant bronze Mars One 2014 collector coin. The 30mm diameter coin comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity and will have a limited mintage of 1,000. Not legal tender.
Special Edition Next Giant Leap T-shirt
Designed by Nick Kariya.
The design was one of the public's favorites in our November 2013 T-shirt Design contest. This special edition black T-shirt will have an original visualization of The Next Giant Leap For Mankind on the front. Only available until the end of this Indiegogo campaign.
Only available until the end of this Indiegogo campaign. Don't miss out!
Special Edition Hoodie
Designed by Marty Saetre.
Get a special edition Mars One hooded sweatshirt! Only available during this campaign. Designed by Marty Saetre. The print is the winning design in our November 2013 Design Contest. The men's hoodies will have the winning design on the front. The lady's version will be a vest with the print on the back.
Discount Gold Ticket Official Star Trek event Frankfurt, Germany - Only $ 150
Meeting your Star Trek idols and visit a Mars One presentation by Bas Lansdorp? Come to Destination Star Trek Germany in Frankfurt on February 22 & 23 - www.destinationstartrek.com.
Mars One offers 6 Official Gold Tickets for the event for a reduced price. Pay only $150 per Gold ticket instead of the original price of €299!
The Gold Pass for Destination Star Trek Germany includes entry to the event over all three days and includes many extras!
Silver Mars One 2014 Collector Coin
Absolutely stunning silver Mars One 2014 collector coin (see image in campaign description). This limited edition coin comes in a beautiful display case and a numbered certificate of authenticity. .925 silver. 30mm diameter. Not legal tender. Worldwide shipping included.
22 Karat Gold Memorial Coin
A beautiful 30 mm, 22 Karat Gold Mars One memorial Coin (see image in campaign description). This limited edition coin comes in a beautiful display case and a numbered certificate of authenticity. You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity.
Three batches of this coin will be produced. Batch 2 & Batch 3 will have '#2' and '#3' inscribed on the edge. Batch 1 and 2 will be limited to three coins, batch 3 will be limited to 4 coins.
Launch Party Access
Witness the rocket launch of our spacecraft. The lift-off of the first private mission to Mars ever will be a historic event! You will receive a personal invitation to the Launch Party in May 2018.
Contribute with Bitcoins
The Mars One foundation will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Mars One gives you the opportunity to participate in this historic project and contribute with Bitcoins, the world's most popular digital currency!
Everybody around the world can use Bitcoin. Learn more about Bitcoin on Bitcoin.org.
Your participation will help fund the first private Mars mission - a Mars Lander and Satellite mission in 2018: the first major step in our project. This can be your mission to Mars!
Click on the name of the perk below you'd like to buy with Bitcoins and complete the BitPay order form to confirm your payment:
- Mission Backstage Pass
- Mars Orbit Selfie
- The Next Giant Leap T-shirt
- Special Edition Hoodie
- Laser Engraved Mars Outpost (1 lb / 450 grams)
- Parachute Message to Mars
- Mars One Family Pack
- Large Laser Engraved Outpost (9 lb / 4 kg)
- XXL Laser engraved Outpost (20 lb / 9 kg)
- Send your Picture to Mars
- Launch Party Access
Help Our Astronaut Applicants
Beyond helping us prepare for our 2018 mission, you will be bringing our astronaut applicants closer to their dream of being the first humans to inhabit another planet. Thousands of people worldwide have applied to be one of four mission crew members.
Outerplaces.com published the following Infographic:
Mars One Community Platform
In February 2014, Mars One launched the online Mars One Community Platform to establish an online network for everyone who wishes to become involved in our human mission to Mars, as well as to express your Mars One support.
To create a profile on the Mars One Community Platform, you need to be invited by Mars One. When you contribute to this Indiegogo campaign, you will receive a personal invitation from Mars One to create an account.
You can keep your Mars One community profile page private, or publish it online and share it with your network.
You can earn six different kinds of badges, depending on how you have participated in Mars One's mission to Mars. We will activate the Crowdfunding Badge on the profile page of all contributors of this Indiegogo campaign. Other badges may include the astronaut applicant badge, the merchandise badge, or the monthly donation badge:
As a Mars One Community Member you'll receive a number of community benefits such as:
- Exclusive promotions and special offers on Mars One merchandise, events and activities only available to community members
- The chance to share suggestions and / or provide feedback on Mars One related activities
- Voting rights for several mission decisions up for vote in the future, including the winners of the STEM and University Challenges
Other Ways to Contribute
Perhaps you can’t contribute financially, but that doesn't mean you can’t contribute to our campaign. You can help us by spreading the word about this Indiegogo campaign in your social network or by talking about the project with your friends, family or colleagues. If you are in school, you can ask your teacher to discuss the project in class. What do you think of a manned mission to Mars? Do you think it is important for humans to travel to Mars? If you had the chance to live on Mars, would you do it?
Did you know if each of you shared our mission goals and crowd-funding campaign with your friends and family, there would be tens of millions of people all around the world in our corner?
That’s right - TENS OF MILLIONS!
We know you’re passionate about our mission to explore Mars and now is the time for you to tell everyone you know. Remember, this is your mission and now is your time to make an impact! You can make a difference right now by telling the world. Get started today!
The more people show their enthusiasm for our mission, the more companies will notice people’s interest in a manned mission to Mars, and consider sponsoring our mission. So talk, share, like, tweet, and +1 away!
In the first half of the campaign, we organized a Share Our Mission Contest. We’re awarding a Mars One Silver Coin each of the first two weeks to the person who generated the highest amount of perk spending. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded a Send your picture to Mars perk! The winners of the Mars One Silver Coin are Gary and Doug McGeehan. The Grand Prize Winner is Gary. Congratulations!
The 2018 Mars Mission in More Detail
The Mars One 2018 demonstration mission is scheduled to launch in May of 2018. The lander design is based on the successful Mars lander, the 2007 NASA Phoenix mission, built by Lockheed Martin. Our lander, pictured below, will have the ability to scoop up Martian soil with a Phoenix-like robotic arm. How cool is that?
Lockheed Martin will perform a conceptual design study under which they will write the detailed project plan for the 2018 mission, determine the exact budget and program schedule. The cost of this study is $256,000.
SSTL, a 2013 IET innovation award winner and established satellite builder from the UK, will build the dedicated communications satellite. The satellite, seen below, will provide a high bandwidth communications system in a Mars synchronous orbit and will be used o relay data and a live video feed from the lander on the surface of Mars back to Earth.
The conceptual design study by SSTL will result in the design, timelines and budgets for the communications satellite that Mars One will need. The cost of this study is $80,000.
Beyond launch and landing on Mars and placing the satellite in orbit, the mission will prove numerous other technologies which will be important for our 2025 human mission and beyond. The payload of the 2018 lander will include:
- A camera which, in combination with the Mars-synchronous communications satellite, will enable us to send a 365 days per year video stream from Mars to Earth. You and everyone else on Earth will be able to take a ‘real time’ look on Mars.
- A water extraction experiment that confirm we can extract water from the Martian soil. Once this technology is confirmed, we will have proven one of the most critically important aspects of human life on Mars.
- A thin film solar panel experiment testing multiple brands and types of thin film solar panels for their suitability in providing our crew the renewable energy they need to maintain and grow a human civilization.
- A payload selected from the entries of universities worldwide.
Space.com published the following Infographic from Karl Tate:
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration.
Mars One History and Team
Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders, the founders of Mars One, met in 2002 when Bas presented at
a meeting of the Dutch Mars Society. They discovered they shared a passioned interest in
manned Mars missions. In 2006 they met again when they participated in an ESA Mars habitat design workshop. Over the years after that, they exchanged ideas on human exploration of Mars. When two
American scientists wrote an article about the technical feasibility of a Mars mission of
permanent settlement, they decided to brainstorm about possible
funding models of such a mission. When they found out that each Olympic Game yields
almost enough revenue from broadcasting rights and sponsorship to
finance an entire mission to Mars, they realized that they might just have found a way to realize their
dream of a manned mission to Mars. Right then and there they founded Mars One.
After founding Mars One in early 2011, Bas and Arno developed a strategic plan for placing the first humans on Mars. The first year of Mars One yielded the completion of a feasibility study after calling upon experts from space agencies and private aerospace corporations around the world. In 2013, Mars One is proud to be connected to many advisers and ambassadors who support the concept and implementation of Mars One’s mission with their infinite knowledge and enthusiasm. The advisers and ambassadors vary from aerospace specialists, university professors with various backgrounds, prestigious scientists and even Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist prof. Gerard ‘t Hooft.
Mars One’s current international team consists of the two founders Lansdorp (Netherlands) and Wielders (Netherlands), Medical Director Dr. Norbert Kraft (USA) who works on shaping a world wide selection procedure that will result in selecting the best candidates for the settlement on Mars, communications and marketing team members Suzanne Flinkenflögel (Netherlands), Anne Boeschoten (Netherlands) and KC Frank (USA) and Mission Concept Artist Bryan Versteeg (Canada).
Risks and Challenges
Due to the nature of this project, which is bigger and more complicated than the average Indiegogo project, there are more risks and challenges involved, and there are a few extra considerations in addition to those provided on Indiegogo’s website. By making a pledge to Stichting Mars One's Indiegogo Project, you agree to accept the risks as we’ve defined them below, and any other risks even if they are not explicitly stated here.
In the future, we may have to request further information from Contributors to enable delivery of the rewards; change the dates on which we estimate that the Project will be finished or we will be able to deliver rewards; or make other changes. Mars One will do its best to notify you of any such changes via Indiegogo.com, its website, and / or any email address that you provide.
Engineering and Supply Chain — The 2018 private Mars Lander will change the way people view space and space exploration. A strong team of scientists and suppliers will manage the project and will design, assemble, integrate and test the components. That said, building a spacecraft is difficult and there are lots of uncertainties involved. We are constantly iterating our mission design concepts and prototypes. As a result, the final spacecraft may differ from current models. The mission design may also be influenced by the Indiegogo process, and may change following the campaign based on input from the contributors. We’re always ready to make design modifications to improve the design, educational experience and the ability to display your photo in Mars orbit.
Launch — Mars One intends to purchase a dedicated launch service for the communications satellite and lander together. Launching a spacecraft comes with a number of challenges:
- Rockets can fail, resulting in loss or degradation of service. Launch risks are outside our control, but in the event that the worst happens, we will do our best to serve all pledges through followup Mars One missions.
- The launch and operation of a spacecraft is technically complex and involves many risks beyond Mars One’s control. Mars One is not responsible for any failure to perform all or part of the Indiegogo Project if such failure is caused by what the lawyers like to call “force majeure” -- events or conditions beyond Mars One’s reasonable control such as explosion, acts of nature, war, civil disturbances, acts of civil or military authorities, legal or regulatory changes, asteroid impacts, alien invasions, dinosaur rampages or other causes beyond Mars One’s control.
Obtaining Rewards — To obtain a reward a Contributor must be verified following the completion of a successful campaign. All rewards are subject to availability and restrictions may apply as to when rewards can be provided. In the event Mars One is unable to fulfill any reward for any reason, Mars One will offer the affected Contributor a fair substitution of the reward or will provide a full refund of the contribution amount upon request.
— Mars One is not responsible for lost or stolen rewards, certificates or tickets. Contributors are solely responsible for determining any tax liability arising out of rewards provided by Mars One. Contributors are subject to and must comply with any additional terms, conditions and restrictions that may apply to specific rewards. Unless otherwise specified in writing in these terms and conditions or on the Indiegogo.com page, Mars One is not responsible for providing meals, transportation or accommodation arrangements that may be associated with claiming a reward.
— Certain rewards may be subject to minimum requirements regarding age or other factors. It is the Contributor's sole responsibility to comply with all necessary requirements for the reward as described.
All questions or disputes regarding eligibility for pledge rewards will be resolved solely by Mars One. Contributor agrees to hold Mars One and its affiliates and subsidiaries harmless against any loss or liabilities arising from Contributor’s participation in the Mars One's Indiegogo Project.
Everything regarding the Mars One's Indiegogo Project, including the website and all rewards, are provided “as is”.
Available Campaign TranslationsEspañol: Spanish Translation - translated by Victor Román & Yuri López
Русский: Russian Translation - translated by Alexey Isayko
Português: Portuguese Translation - translated by Vynicius Riuji Takada
Français: French Translation - translated by Morgan Schmitz