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Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist, announced a private effort today to fly the first-ever manned flight around Mars and do it by 2018.

The competition heats up: Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist, today announced a private effort to fly the first-ever manned flight around Mars and do it by 2018.

The mission would send a married couple on the 501 day mission to do a fly-by of the red planet and then return to Earth.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • DougSpace

    I think that the primary significance if this mission were successfully completed is that it would forever eliminate mental roadblocks which have been preventing us from planning to go to Mars in the near-term. If the voluntary crew were to return and not have suffered serious medical problems then questions about radiation, zero-g, psychology, life-support, and to some extent rocket size will likely no longer be a stumbling block. Inspiration Mars will have been the existence proof which would be routinely brought out any time these roadblocks are brought up. e.g. “What do you mean we need 400 tonnes of water shielding from GCRs? Inspiration Mars didn’t have that”.

    However, if Inspiration Mars resulted in one or especially both of the crew being significantly debilitated or dead, then the cause would likely be known and so it would be known what is the most dangerous part of a trip to Mars. This would mandate a clear fix of that problem. Inspiration Mars would likely be viewed as fool-hardy more than courageous. Likely no inexpensive private mission would follow but I expect that it probably would not set back a government program much.

  • Whether they live or die they will have moved us forward.

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