A manned fly-by of Mars in 2018?
February 21, 2013 1:18 PM Subscribe
Space tourist Dennis Tito wants to send a 2-man crew to Mars in 5 years.
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The Inspiration Mars Foundation has sent out a media advisory for a press conference planned for next Wednesday, February 27.
At that time, Dennis Tito, who paid for his trip to the ISS, will announce a private venture to fund a fly-by or the planet Mars. It's to be a 501-day round trip. Tito has a lot of money, but he'll need more -- and he'll need to overcome problems like radiation and so on. There will be no landing, and no orbiting of the Red Planet, just a how-de-do in passing. But as space scientist Natalie Batalha says on Facebook, "Baby steps get us there."