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Irish scientist kicked out of Mars mission for saying the mission is "hopelessly flawed"

So he probably won’t be too upset.

The film Mission to Mars. Not a real mission.
The film Mission to Mars. Not a real mission.
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THE IRISH MAN who called the Mars One mission “hopelessly flawed” has been kicked out of the programme.

Trinity College astrophysicist Dr Joseph Roche made the final 100 applicants to go on the one-way mission, but this week criticised the programme as being superficial, having no money and no TV contracts for a proposed reality show.

In an interview with Medium, he claims that the ranking of  those candidates is determined purely by the amount of funding those candidates have raised for the mission.

My nightmare about it is that people continue to support it and give it money and attention, and it then gets to the point where it inevitably falls on its face.

Mars One is backed by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, who wants to prepare an infrastructure on the planet for its colonisation by humans.

Today, a spokesperson for the mission told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme that Roche will no longer be in the running because he breached a confidentiality agreement.

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