posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 12:50 PM
Former space tourist and billionaire Dennis Tito has revealed plans to send the first people to Mars using preexisting technology for a
one-and-a-half-year mission in January 2018 .
If your half of a middle-aged couple then it could be you , one catch though ... its a there and back trip with no stop off
A team led by millionaire and former space tourist Dennis Tito plans to send a "tested couple" to Mars and back in a privately funded mission. The
Inspiration Mars Foundation plans to start its one-and-a-half-year mission in January 2018. The foundation has carried out a study which it says shows
that it is feasible to achieve such a mission using existing technology. The group still has to raise funding for their mission.
The mission will be a straightforward flight to the Red Planet and return without landing. This greatly reduces the cost of the mission. The Mars
Inspiration team believe that it is technically possible to launch such a mission in five years' time.
Of course if the project ever gets of the ground there's a good chance that you'll be killed by radiation or mishap but hey what a way to go .
As it say's in the piece it takes mavericks like Tito to start the ball rolling , hopefully this one will gather momentum and support .
edit on 27-2-2013 by gortex because: (no reason given)