It’ not a crime to dream big or even dream unrealistically. It might be a crime, however, to try and profit from such dreams knowing full well how attainable the prospect might be. While Mars One hasn’t been sued for any illegal activities, it has, from day one, been labeled a scam. And now that the company is being liquidated, there might actually be some lawsuits coming.
Mars One, which was part non-profit and part for-profit, never really had the means to make its dreams come true. It wasn’t an aerospace company, had no hardware, no patents, or even the money to push things forward. It was pretty much Elon Musk without the capacity to go beyond dreams. Still, the prospect of being the first Martian colonists attracted not a few aspiring astronauts, or so the organization claimed.