Tuesday 21 November 2017

359 people purchase "Mars Orbit Selfies" as part of Mars One crowdfunding campaign

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Mars One have launched an Indiegogo campaign which features 'rewards' for donations.

Mars One have launched a crowdfunding campaign which they say will provide "the first steps to affordable and accessible space exploration".

Mars One claims that the campaign opens "the doors to the masses" by allowing the public to "participate" in space travel.

$10 will make you the 728th person with "exclusive access" to the Mars One summary reports, while a "Mars Orbit Selfie" is available for $25 US.

The "Mars Orbit Selfie" will allow supporters of the campaign to send a digital picture to space with the mission. "In 2019, the Mars One communications satellite will pull up an image of your picture while in orbit and snap a shot of it with Mars in the background." 359 people have already "claimed" this perk. Another option is to send a printed picture to Mars with a message on the back for $1,250 US. One person has already chosen this.

For $95 US, supporters can "create a personal message to be printed directly on the parachute which will be used to land the first Mars One spacecraft in 2019." Bas Landsdorp, the co-founder of Mars One, thinks these perks are a once in a lifetime opportunity. "The Parachute Message to Mars is one of my personal favorites. Sending your physical message to Mars, all for just $95... Think about it...that’s less than sending a package from Europe to the United States via FedEx or UPS!"

T-shirts and hoodies are between $35 and $50, but hurry- there are only 140 left.

The perks range in price and the most expensive perk is for those who donate $25,000 or more, who earn instant 'Benefactor' status and access to the per-launch Gala dinner.

The Indiegogo campaign will end on January 25th, after which there will be no more opportunity to send personal items to space.

You can see the full list of perks and donate to Indiegogo campaign here.

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