The tailing-off of public interest in the Apollo Program in 1970′s, ultimately leading to the premature cancellation of the project in 1972 was different, according to Lansdorp. Mars One will maintain a high level of interest for the entire one-way mission to Mars, he says. This is the key assumption that forms the foundation of Mars One.
The fickle nature of television audiences aside, Lansdorp said that Mars One's cash flow will be supplemented by the inevitable spin-off technology that will come from developing and supporting a Mars colony. Again, another assumption.
Sadly, the assumptions made by Mars One are backed up by few facts. Even by Lansdorp's own admission, the television companies on Earth will unlikely have any control over the Mars colony.
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When discussing the colonists' need for privacy (despite the fact they'd be signing up for a reality TV show), Lansdorp dropped a bombshell: "Mars One would not allow 24/7 coverage ... the people of Mars wouldn't allow it. If they don't like a particular camera, they'd put a piece of duct tape over it and there's nothing we can do about it. They are in charge." Rather, he trusts that the colonists would be "proud" to show off their lives to the world. And there it is, the biggest flaw in using a reality TV model to fund a mission to Mars.