Bas Lansdorp

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Bas Lansdorp
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Born (1977-03-05) 5 March 1977 (age 37)
Nationality Dutch
Alma mater University of Twente
Occupation Inventor, Entrepreneur
Known for CEO of Mars One

Bas Lansdorp (born March 5, 1977) is a Dutch entrepreneur best known as the co-founder and CEO of Mars One.[1][2]


Lansdorp received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente in 2003.[3]


He worked for five years at Delft University of Technology and in 2008 founded Ampyx Power in order to develop a new, viable method of generating wind energy. In 2011, he sold part of his shares in Ampyx in order to launch Mars One.[3][4]

Mars One[edit]

Lansdorp became determined to establish the first permanent human colony on Mars during his studies at the University of Twente. His primary focus was not on overcoming the technological challenges, rather the business model.[4]

Until 2013, he financed almost the entire project himself.[4]

He does not plan to be part of the crew.[4]


  1. ^ "Can the Dutch do reality TV in space?". BBC News. June 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Reality show seeks one-way travelers for Mars mission". April 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Mars One Team". 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Clark, Nicola (March 8, 2013). "Reality TV for the Red Planet". The New York Times. 

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