Mars One Delays Its Mars Mission

Mars One, a project that'll probably never put humans on Mars, has adjusted its timeline yet again. Its manned mission has a new launch date of 2031, five years later than before. The delay will allow Mars One to raise additional money and avoid large expenses for a longer period.

Of course the whole Mars One team would have preferred to be able to stick to the original schedule, but this new timeline significantly improves our odds of successfully achieving this mission roadmap, - Bas Lansdorp, CEO, Mars One

The initiative was unveiled in 2012 and has repeatedly faced charges of being unrealistic and misleading the public. Had it stuck to its original timeline, a satellite would have been sent to orbit Mars this year and a rover would have launched in 2018. Mars One now doesn't expect the satellite to launch until 2024.

Training for its finalists has been pushed back to 2016.