Seeing as we typically receive about a dozen Kickstarter/Indiegogo/etc. pitches in the inbox on any given day, your humble editorial team has a case of chronic crowdfunding fatigue. Sure, we pick up on interesting projects here and there, but we're pretty jaded when it comes to smartphone accessories with peppy pitch vids.
Of course, once in while, you'll fall upon a crowdfunding wildcard—like a colonizing mission to Mars. "Mars One – First Private Mars Mission in 2018" is looking to come up with enough money to send an unmanned craft to Mars in 2018 for research and another launch (with people) in 2025. The final goal: to create an interstellar colony. And the contributor perks are outta this world (I couldn't resist).
Check out the video for a behind-the-scenes look at the planning stages of the trip some words from the founders:
While you can't buy your way on to the 2025 trip (yet), you can get pretty close. Some of the perks include your very own Mars selfie (my favorite), invitations to the launch party and an autographed Lander poster from the founders of Mars One. And you've only got to wait until post-trip (2019) to get your perk. For a space selfie, I'd say it's worth it.
It might be the most intense—and slightly out of place—Indiegogo campaign yet. I can't put my finger on whether or not this is something people will pick up on or not. But maybe a bit of crowd-funded competition is just the boost NASA needs to kick back into gear.
Check out the Mars One campaign on Indiegogo.