Mars Mission Seeks Married Couple
Private group plans to launch husband and wife to planet in 2018
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2013 4:04 PM CST
A drawing provided by Inspiration Mars shows an artist’s conception of the spacecraft envisioned by the private group.   (AP Photo/Inspiration Mars)

(Newser) – In less than five years, a husband and wife could be on their way toward Mars in an audacious but bare-bones private mission that would slingshot them around the Red Planet, according to a plan outlined today by a financial tycoon and his team. The voyage would be a cosmic no-frills flight that would take the husband-and-wife astronauts as close as 100 miles to Mars, but it would also mean being cooped up for 16 months in a cramped space capsule about half the size of an RV.

The private, nonprofit project, called Inspiration Mars, will get initial money from multimillionaire Dennis Tito, the first space tourist. The team would not say how much the overall flight would cost, but outsiders put it at more than $1 billion. NASA will not be involved. Instead, the project's backers intend to use a private rocket and space capsule and some kind of habitat that might be inflatable, employing an austere design that could take people to Mars for a fraction of what it would cost NASA to do with robots, officials said. Why a couple for the flight? "This is very symbolic and we really need it to represent humanity with a man and a woman," says one project member.

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Mar 15, 2013 7:16 PM CDT
How to make sure that she wilol not notice that I was missing at the moment of the take-off?
Mar 1, 2013 2:17 AM CST
56 days in mission : man " damn it I know where we are going " woman " i think you missed the burn point " man "damn it i did not miss the burn point " woman " OK if you say so dear " man " Jesus why didn’t we bring any alcohol " woman " now you know you should not drink and drive " man " Jesus what was i thinking " Jesus " I don't know bra men and women can't get along on a whole planet enjoy the flight see you in about 25 minutes ....maybe ."
Mar 1, 2013 12:23 AM CST
hey! it's the billionaires money, let him choose who he pleases