USA: Married couple wanted for citizen space mission to Mars01:49

USA: Married couple wanted for citizen space mission to Mars

United States, Washington D.C.
February 28, 2013 at 10:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

The world's first space tourist is now pushing citizen space travel even further, with 72 year old Denis Tito announcing plans for a privately funded Mars voyage in 2018. The 'Inspiration Mars' mission is searching for a married American couple to man the flyby trip in January 2018, when planetary alignment will offer the shortest distance between Earth and Mars and reduced risk from solar radiation.

Radiation effects such as fertility damage aren't the only potential health concern for the adventurous couple. Although the vessel hasn't been officially unveiled, the citizen astronauts will be required to spend 501 days in a cramped compartment, living off dehydrated food and recycled water. Organisers cited the cloistered environment as one of the reasons they want a married couple to carry out the journey, as well as being a symbolic representation of humankind.

Despite a technological and research partership with NASA, the mission is relying on private donations for funding. Billionaire Tito was the first tourist in space, entering the Russian Soyuz capsule on a visit to the International Space Station after paying $20 million to the Russian Federal Space Agency in 2001.

USA: Married couple wanted for citizen space mission to Mars01:49
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The world's first space tourist is now pushing citizen space travel even further, with 72 year old Denis Tito announcing plans for a privately funded Mars voyage in 2018. The 'Inspiration Mars' mission is searching for a married American couple to man the flyby trip in January 2018, when planetary alignment will offer the shortest distance between Earth and Mars and reduced risk from solar radiation.

Radiation effects such as fertility damage aren't the only potential health concern for the adventurous couple. Although the vessel hasn't been officially unveiled, the citizen astronauts will be required to spend 501 days in a cramped compartment, living off dehydrated food and recycled water. Organisers cited the cloistered environment as one of the reasons they want a married couple to carry out the journey, as well as being a symbolic representation of humankind.

Despite a technological and research partership with NASA, the mission is relying on private donations for funding. Billionaire Tito was the first tourist in space, entering the Russian Soyuz capsule on a visit to the International Space Station after paying $20 million to the Russian Federal Space Agency in 2001.