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A millionaire space tourist plans to make a major announcement today (Feb. 27) about launching a trip to Mars in 2018. American businessman Dennis Tito paid about $20 million to visit the International Space Station in 2001 aboard a Russian spacecraft. Now, Tito is launching a new nonprofit organization called the Inspiration Mars Foundation to plan another private trip to space.
Originally posted by eriktheawful
...Then again, this may just be hype to drum up funds...
Originally posted by kaidec
I like you, would love to see it. it What I wouldn't give to be in his shoes that day. I dream of a world where our flying cars can take us to space. Never hurts to dream! Hmm, wonder if there really is all the stuff people find in pictures. Would we really find out, if he took pictures of Mars and those things are there? Lucky, lucky man if he goes.
Let's say they found huge gold deposits on Mars, and didn't even have to mine it, but only had to pick up rocks made of solid gold. How much would it cost to bring the gold back to Earth, versus the current market price of gold?
Originally posted by Hopechest
Especially if they were to find something valuable there.
it cost $50,800 per gram to collect the lunar samples (in 1962-1973 dollars)
WASHINGTON — A new nonprofit led by the world's first space tourist is mounting an ambitious plan to launch the first manned mission to Mars in 2018, a voyage that could include an adventurous married crew.
Originally posted by Symer
I don't really see the appeal of doing just a flyby. If I'd go, I'd go with Mars One's one-way trip in 2023.
That seems to be shaping up quite nicely by the way. Thousands of people are already applying even though their Astronaut Application Program hasn't started yet.
This just might become a historic decade. Such an honor to be alive now and witness it.