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Dennis Tito’s Mars Mission: Possible but Pointless

22 Feb 2013, 12:47 UTC
Dennis Tito’s Mars Mission: Possible but Pointless
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Imagine taking two human beings and sealing them in a box for 500 days. The pair must survive on only the boxes of food and water crammed around them. Throughout their confinement they are at risk of being sprayed with a lethal dose of radiation. This is not the cruel and unusual punishment meted out by some fiendish despot, rather this could be mankind’s first adventure into interplanetary space.
Welcome to Mars. How does this HST image of the planet compare to the view from the Dragon's window. (image credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (Cornell University), and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute, Boulder) )

We could see a mission to Mars with a crew onboard by the end of this decade. Multi-millionaire Dennis Tito, the first space tourist, is proposing and possibly even planning to send a privately financed manned mission to Mars in January 2018. The journey would last 501 days. Tito, who paid about $20 million to visit the International Space Station in 2001, has founded a new nonprofit company called the Inspiration Mars Foundation. The company will hold a press conference on 27 February 2013 to explain how the mission ...

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