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Private flyby mission to Mars to be announced today. Live Stream: 1PM EST

Former Astronaut Dennis Tito was the first private citizen to fly to the International Space Station. Now he's planning a 500 day mission to fly past Mars launching in 2018.

Even if they somehow make a spaceship as big as a Winnebago you'd still be stuck in a Winnebago for 500 days... Should be interesting.

You can watch the event live at: http://www.inspirationmars.org/



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Can't Wait to See This

Can't Wait to See This!

Nice :)

I posted about this earlier, but it was then only being presumed by the media to be a human mission. Glad to hear it confirmed! :)

fun!

I'd go :-)

Paranoia and suspicions are

Paranoia and suspicions are such that I cannot help but think this is a fast-track for the elite to vacate the planet. NASA is rather notorious for not designing comfortable accommodations for astronauts before on any mission, but they've now spent a few million on the ISS upgrades.

Anyone able to get this?

Anyone able to get this? I've got nada...

Brave! But is it competitive?

I admire their brave and wish them all good luck!
But in essence, I understand that their idea is to go to Mars and die there! And they want to screen participants for mental health? Well, quite alot are suicidal, so that part might be easy.

First step planned, rounding Mars and returning to Earth, would be great!

But one way trips to the surface of Mars makes me wonder. Aren't there already automatic rovers there doing extremely good science? What would a human being really do there in the desert with his clumpsy gloves holding some rock, need for changing and washing sweaty clothes, need for sleep, need for a food stock, need for a toilette, need for oxygene and an a/c and so on?

I bet he or she would get very bored within a week. And then what, for the rest of ones life in a bungaloo on Mars with no hope of returning to Earth? Drinking your own filtrated urine in the bungaloo. Having a stroll in the empty unchanging desert outdoors. Well I won't book a ticket for that trip. As little as I'd camp for ever on Antarctica (at least one can breathe there!)

I'd bet automatic rovers are much better and cheaper in order to explore Mars!

And internet connection on

And internet connection on Mars is extremely lousy too!

Ahh the beauty...you mean a free market can fund...

...space exploration!?!?

This is amazing news on all fronts. The fact of they're doing this, the fact that space exploration can be a privately funded venture not wasting tax dollars (I would give my personal money to see this done), the fact they're doing this w/o govt (more or less), the fact that the govt is being beaten at their own game, the fact that it will shut up all the naysayers who say we need NASA (hopefully), and the fact that it's just awesome! Did I imply that already?? Suck it govt! This is a great step for space exploration!