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Private Human Mission to Mars: 2018?!

Despite the thrill I get when reading of a private group, including Dennis Tito (the first space tourist), planning a mission to Mars in 2018, which sounds like it might be a human mission, I wonder if this will actually get off the ground.

- Do you think TPTB want to encourage independent pioneers actually going to and eventually populating Mars? Seems like they would want to prevent this, in order to ensure their authoritarian Empire isn't challenged by some upstart Luke Skywalkers in the future.

- Do you think the economy/world situation will be stable enough for these plans to be realized?

Here's the story:

http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/21/human-mission-to-...



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