On a lighter note: Round the planet Mars flight plan detailed by Dennis Tito but couple will have to get on28 Feb 2013, 11:30 UTC
Dennis Tito and his Inspiration Mars outfit has been giving full details of their plan to send humans around the planet Mars on a free return trajectory using a capsule and inflatable living area. The full story is here.
Interestingly, they are asking for older/middle-age couples to apply for the journey. Wisely, knowing that older couples are apt to get things wrong and may even have to repair their hardware themselves, they are making the systems as idiot proof and simple to repair as possible.
Either way, your correspondent briefly thinks about asking Mrs.T if she would like to go, and then rules it out. Being cooped up with him for 501 days will surely give her the temptation to shove him out of the airlock.
P.S. Their spacecraft systems might be “idiot-proof” but are they “blithering idiot proof”? The would have to be if this writer and his “trouble-and-sfrife” were to make the journey