To my knowledge, most governments throughout the world seem to run institutions that give recommendations regarding safety and wellbeing of their citizens when travelling abroad in one form or another, issuing public safety warnings, health recommendations, and alike. With Mars One project having completed the application proceedings and already moved past round one of the selection process, it seems a bit too late to give any official government recommendations regarding application now, so my question is:

Have any governments issued public warning, recommendation, or an official statement regarding further involvement of its citizens with this venture, or announced their intention to do so in the near future?

Please note that I'm not excluding the possibility of any such recommendations issued in the future, but my question is, if any of them have done this already, or plan to do so. If yes, then please provide links to most relevant excerpts from any such official statements or government order and a list of public offices tasked with preparing them.

For background, here's a relevant blog article explaining this issue in a bit more detail: Mars One: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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    $\begingroup$ I should hardly think so, as Mars One has not yet demonstrated any intention to actually carry out what they say they are going to accomplish. I think most governments and space companies view Mars One as a pathetic attempt to land humans on Mars, or even a scam. $\endgroup$ – Joshua Benabou Jan 7 '15 at 1:19
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    $\begingroup$ @JoshuaBenabou If it would be considered a scam then they should even more so be doing something about it. Also, there's this: Gulf imams issue fatwa warning Muslims not to live on Mars as it would pose 'a real risk to life'. Not exactly a government per se, but an official recommendation nonetheless. And with the still fresh MIT study spelling disaster, I wouldn't be too surprised if some government has something to say, too. $\endgroup$ – TildalWave Jan 7 '15 at 1:28

As difficult to answer as this question is (how can one know that a government hasn't and just not publicised it well?) here's a good first step in looking for the answer.


That google search looks for any webpage that has .gov in it's url that links to the mars one website. Currently it brings up a single youtube video of a mars one applicant (god knows how that has .gov in the url).

This suggests to me that no government has released anything about mars one. That's been index by google. That has a link to the mars one website. That they've put in their .gov site. - hey I said it was a first step, not perfect!

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    $\begingroup$ .gov is a US-only domain. Some countries have .gov.[countrycode] subdomains (e.g. the UK), but many don't. $\endgroup$ – Hobbes Feb 5 '15 at 12:02
  • $\begingroup$ I'm sorry but this doesn't answer my question. The search you did is non-exhaustive and it's not even constructed properly (its single result doesn't indicate that what search was intended has actually been completed). I think you meant to do this search? Either case, it would assume too many things that needed to be true (among which also what Hobbes mentions), for its results to be conclusive. $\endgroup$ – TildalWave Feb 6 '15 at 7:02
  • $\begingroup$ This wasn't meant to be a complete answer, just a first steps. I posted it as an answer so it might help other construct a more complete answer. $\endgroup$ – ThePlanMan Feb 6 '15 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ @FraserOfSmeg That's not how our Q&A works though. I appreciate your interest but answers are supposed to be as complete as possible because now this thread is marked as answered by the system, and I disagree with that. See How to Answer for more info. Cheers! $\endgroup$ – TildalWave Feb 6 '15 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ @TildalWave how is this question answerable other than with an incomplete answer? Unless a someone finds a 'yes' answer than the question is only answerable by omnipresence. That was my rational for sharing a partial answer. $\endgroup$ – ThePlanMan Feb 6 '15 at 19:05

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