Five aeronautical students from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reached this conclusion after having analyzed the scientific data available on the mission, which is to be broadcast through a reality television show.
According to the 35-page report that analyzes the resources such as oxygen, nutrients and technologies available for the project with graphics and mathematical formulas, the death of the first pioneer "will occur approximately 68 days after the mission due to suffocation."
The plants that are supposed to feed the settlers will produce too much oxygen, and the technology to balance the atmosphere "has not yet been developed," the authors say.
In addition, the settlers will have to depend on the shipment of spare parts in a mission that could cost US $ 4.5 billion, a figure that according to the authors of the report will increase with the shipment of other equipment.
Mars One is a project launched by the co-founder of the company, the Dutch Bas Lansdorp (PDG), which intends to send the first team of four volunteers to colonize Mars without returning to Earth in 2024, after a seven-month journey.
Lansdorp refuted the study's figures in the journal Popular Science, claiming incomplete data was used.
More than 200,000 people from 140 countries volunteered to participate in the project, which has generated much skepticism but also the support of scientists such as the 1999 Nobel Prize winner Gerard’t Hooft.