Date: Thursday, 28-February-2013, 10:37 AM | Message # 1
Wanted, one easy-going married couple: Billionaire’s plan to send amorous astronauts to Mars (… but will they BOTH come back?)
The private, nonprofit project, called Inspiration Mars, will get initial money from multimillionaire investment consultant Dennis Tito, the first space tourist. The voyage to Mars and back would be a cosmic no-frills flight that would take the husband-and-wife astronauts as close as 100 miles to the planet. The team would not say how much the overall flight would cost, but outsiders put it at more than $1 billion.
It's not your average weekend away, but for one adventurous couple the Red Planet could be their dream destination. A non-profit foundation is looking for a married couple for its mission to Mars. Blast off won't be until 2018 when the first launch window opens.
The project will cost upwards of 1 billion dollars all of which will come from the private sector led by millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito.