The world’s first space tourist, Dennis Tito, who in 2001, became the world’s first space tourist, is planning to launch a manned mission to Mars by 2018. Image © NASA
Tito paid about $20 million to visit the International Space Station in 2001, and now his non profit company the Inspiration Mars Foundation, will organize a round-trip journey to Mars, lasting 501 days, in January 2018.
The announcement reads:
“It is intended to encourage all Americans to believe again, in doing the hard things that make our nation great, while inspiring youth through science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and motivation. The Inspiration Mars Foundation is committed to accelerating America’s human exploration of space as a critical catalyst for future growth, national prosperity, new knowledge and global leadership.”
A nuclear-driven spacecraft orbiting around Mars. Image © Pat Rawlings/NASA