The Marscoin Project

In 1990, Robert Zubrin and David Baker published a feasibility study that detailed plans for a journey to Mars, including the construction of a basic base utilizing the natural resources available on the planet [1]. Despite NASA adopting the plan two decades after the last moon landing, it was eventually shelved due to budgetary constraints. 

Marscoin explores the idea of leveraging the power of a peer-to-peer, distributed open cryptocurrency to incentivize space exploration.

Another twenty thirty years later, the likelihood of government-funded colonization of the solar system—despite being technologically feasible—remains low.

The Mars Society was established in 1998 during a convention in Boulder, Colorado [2], with Robert Zubrin at its helm ever since. Its mission is to keep alive the dream of sending humans to Mars within a decade. Since its inception, the Mars Society has constructed and managed two analog research stations, leading the way in serious research into the human factors challenges of Mars missions.

Moreover, the risks posed by asteroids, climate change, super-volcanoes, pandemics, and other threats have not diminished [3]. At the same time, the benefits of pushing technological limits, inspiring new generations, and the opportunities for scientific exploration and engineering innovation have never been greater [4].

The Visionaries

Who kickstarted the effort to decentralize humanity?

Therefore, a series of individuals have in recent years started to explore ways to take matters into their own hands. Most notably Elon Musk with SpaceX [5]

We believe that Mars colonization is a moral imperative. For the sake of future generations and out of gratitude for the achievements of earlier generations that gifted us with this level of knowledge and technological expertise we simply can not to let such opportunity go to waste. We should, therefore, make the best use of our current technological capabilities and push for the beginning of a settlement on Mars. The resources such an endeavor will ultimately unlock, the science and engineering frontiers it will open up and the unifying power it will exert on humanity are truly inspiring.

The biggest obstacle for beginning to explore settling other parts of the Solar System – in particular, the next best choice which is Mars – has been and will be (for the foreseeable future at least) the big question of funding for such a project. Even though technologically challenging, a Mars mission and settlement are within the realm of our current capabilities at the approximate initial cost of 10 [7] to 30 billion USD, far less than many other recent government expenses. Interesting fact: Satoshi Nakamoto, the developer of Bitcoin, is assumed to own about 1,100,000 Bitcoin. At the current time, this would equate to approximately 50 billion USD.

A Planetary Bitcoin Revolution

Since 2009 a new invention, a peer-to-peer decentralized secure payment and monetary system, bitcoin, has demonstrated quite powerful how a future planetary economic and financial system could look like [8]. Indeed, as many observers have noted, the most difficult part in using bitcoin is actually the “legacy system” of our established old banking and financial industry.

It might seem logical that on a new planetary settlement a payment and value transfer/storage system such as bitcoin would be useful first and foremost. It is very unlikely that the first Martian settlers will start printing paper but it stands to reason that they will need a way to track ownership pretty quickly. In fact, a scarce cryptocurrency would allow the developing Martian economy to operate freely yet prioritize allocating resources towards real needs while ensuring that the early stake-holders, risk-takers and most experienced colonists benefit the most.

However, due to the nature of interplanetary communication, Mars is too far from Earth to allow it to participate in the bitcoin network on Earth. The time it would take for a payment on Mars to be confirmed by the blockchain on Earth would be too impractical. Therefore the Mars settlement would start their own cryptocurrency [9].

The Solution: Marscoin

Unleashing Potential, Uniting Progress

If, however, we were to start that cryptocurrency here on Earth, ahead of time, and donate an initial stack of Marscoins to the efforts of the Mars Society, one of the largest international space advocacy organizations [11] with the goal of kickstarting Mars colonization through non-profit activities and research projects, volunteer work and funding of space related activities, we could start mining and using Marscoins alongside other cryptocurrencies until the first settlement gets established.

The more people that adopt Marscoin and use it in their daily lives, the more Mars colonization efforts will benefit. Marscoin, defined as a sound monetary alternative to Bitcoin [12] would grow in purchasing power and thus quite naturally be able to fund developments directed to the establishment of a first Mars settlement (directly or indirectly). Just by utilizing and acquiring Marscoin, private individuals would participate in the biggest Kickstarter project of all time, supporting space outreach efforts while enabling humanity’s first foothold on another planet. Just by adopting Marscoin, the first extra-terrestrial base in the Solar System could be bootstrapped or at the very least efforts to do so could be funded. As of December 2017 the market cap of all cryptocurrencies is 600 billion USD – any growth in Marscoin could bring humans closer to taking a step among the stars.


An increased value of Marscoin will mean increased financial means for the Mars movement. As an early adopter, you will be a part of this history. Our Whitepaper goes into further depth on the need for and execution of Mars’ own economic bedrock, the Marscoin Blockchain.

Marscoin on Mars Future of Prosperity & Progress

The Driving Force Behind Our Success

In addition, everyone who downloads the Marscoin client initially and starts mining and using it and thus supporting the endeavor will have a stake in any future growth of a Martian economy (or Earth-side adaptation) in correlation to his early level of involvement – with the privacy and anonymity of cryptocurrencies this participation can easily be transferred to future generations on Mars: Once the first crewed SpaceX Starship heads towards Mars, a copy of the blockchain could be transferred to Mars by some volunteering Martian colonist and setup as the first mining node on Mars. The deflationary “cap” on the number of issued coins and thus the ability to participate in Marscoin, to reserve your “Kickstarter spot” on the use of Marscoin here on Earth, will lead to time-based scarcity increasing the value of Marscoin prior to moving to Mars and thus increasing the funding available to the early non-profit organizations and thus the speed with which the settlement can be made a reality.

On Mars, early colonists will continue to mine Marscoin. Because Marscoin is derived from Litecoin, its frequent confirmations (2.5 minutes) and script hashing algorithm will make it convenient and secure. There will be no need for expensive and costly mining machinery to keep the network running. Also, proposals exist that could add extra layers of security on Marscoin to prevent possible Earth-side interference with the blockchain on Mars (due to the distance there, it is relatively easy to protect Marscoin from Earth). Eventually, we can envision exchanges that will allow money conversion from Bitcoin (Earthcoin) to Marscoin on Mars and Earth. Marscoin is a project that involves a high amount of risk – it’s a labor of love and a global experiment in distributed collaboration for space colonization. Take a look for our roadmap and design ideas as well. We believe that network effects make it nearly impossible for other coins beside Bitcoin to become global reserve currency networks but are very serious in our efforts to make Marscoin the first cryptocurrency network on Mars.

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Reusable Rockets

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Launch of Marscoin

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Martian Republic Launched

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  • [1] Mars Direct on Wikipedia [link] Zubrin, Robert; Richard Wagner, Arthur C. Clarke (Foreword) (November, 2011). The Case for Mars (1st Touchstone Ed edition ed.). Free Press;. p. 51. ISBN 0684835509. [link]
  • [2] Founding Declaration of the Mars Society [link]
  • [3] NASA increases impact risk [link], also Elon Musk on avoiding extinction event [link] – “becoming multiplanetary or going extinct [link]
  • [4] The Promise of Mars [link]
  • [5] [link], SpaceX plans for Mars: [link] and [link]
  • [8] Reddit [link]
  • [9] Bitexchange [link], Bitcoin economy [link]
  • [10] Blue Origin [link]
  • [11] The Mars Society [link]
  • [12] The Bitcoin Standard [link]
  • [13] The Marscoin Whitepaper [link]
  • [14] The Martian Republic [link]