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18 May 2013, 14:36 UTC
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mockup only...The former JPL engineer and investment fund manager Dennis Tito has proposed private enterprise send a married couple on a 501 day flight around Mars in 2018. This mission, called Inspiration Mars, is similar to the Apollo 8 lunar fly-by and an important critical step in making humanity a spacefaring multi-planet species. Without debating the merits of space exploration in this thread (please assume it is a worthwhile endeavor), what are your thoughts on Amazon partnering with Tito to ensure the success of Inspiration Mars?The mission will be televised. Tito views this as a principle source of revenue. Nearly a billion dollars will be required to purchase hardware. Hundreds of millions of tech savvy, science literate, potentially life-long ideal Amazon customers will watch it. In the year 2000 Jeff Bezos founded a space exploration company called Blue Origin. It would seem there are natural synergies between Blue Origin, Inspiration Mars, and Amazon's online broadcast infrastructure and ambitions.Amazon Studios has of course stated they are uninterested in reality television. But someone will do this. It will make money. The exact same infrastructure used to broadcast narrative programming developed by Amazon Studios could be improved through revenues generated by "Amazon Studios: ...

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