There are several initiatives for a private manned mission to Mars, but none of this is as notorious as “Mars One”. I could write just another post on why I think their whole concept is ridiculous, but there are several articles on the web which criticizes Mars One. Therefore I have put several of these critiques below.
Nowhere on its website, Mars One deals with any criticism of its project. And that should worry one, as any organization which lacks critical self-reflection is prone to failure.
My prediction regarding Mars One is that they won’t be able to send humans to Mars by 2023, and probably the whole mission will have been cancelled long before – maybe as soon as 2016.
Note: this article solely deals with critique on Mars One, and not on manned missions to Mars in general.