Married couple mars mission to happen in January 2018 via Inspiration Mars Foundation

By on Feb 28, 2013 in Astronomy, Science Comments

A married couple mars mission is being set to happen in January 2018, courtesy by Inspiration Mars Foundation, a new nonprofit organization founded by private space traveler Dennis Tito, a multimillionaire American engineer who spent nearly 8 days in orbit as a crew member of ISS EP-1 in 2001.

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According to a press release at on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the target date for the 501-day Mars mission will start on January 5, 2018, wherein a lucky married couple will embark on so-called “fast, free-return” travel within 100 miles of the Red Planet.

“When nations boldly follow opportunities, rooted in curiosity and guided by technological innovation, they grow, prosper, learn, and lead. And this is what makes a nation great.” Dennis Tito, chairman of the Inspiration Mars Foundation, was quoted in the announcement.

“Human exploration of space is a critical catalyst for our future growth and prosperity.” Tito added, who joined the Soyuz TM-32 mission on April 28, 2001, which spent 7 days, 22 hours, 4 minutes in space and orbited the Earth 128 times. He is also a former scientist of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“With the support of NASA and an evolving team of industry partners, we intend to do everything possible to take advantage of this unique opportunity for America.” Tito, 72, said further. Inspiration Mars Foundation officials are currently in talks with several U.S. commercial aerospace companies about the project.

As noted in the report, the mission will be made using proven, existing space transportation systems and technologies derived from the space industry. NASA and the International Space Station will be supporting to achieve the target launch date.

This unique Mars mission, which will be funded by mainly through private and charitable donations, will include establishing a modified capsule to be launched from Earth orbit using a single propulsive maneuver to achieve the right trajectory. The names of the married couple who will travel to the Red Planet are not yet known.

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