Thursday, February 21, 2013

Round trip to Mars in 501 Days


When I was a child, I saw a movie 'Around the world in 80 days' based on the classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873 - the same movie however got a new life in recent with Jackie Chen with the same name.


But today, let us talk of a new trip - Round Trip to Mars in 501 Days!!

Well you may laugh it out, but Dennis Tito won't as he is planning the Mars venture himself starting January 2018.

It may be added that Tito, who is a wealthy engineer and entrepreneur, spent $20 million for his ride to space in a Russian rocket back in 2001. No word on how much his jaunt to the Red Planet will cost just yet, but a press conference is planned for February 27 where the details will be revealed.

A release from Tito's newly formed Inspiration Mars Foundation teases "plans to take advantage of a unique window of opportunity to launch an historic journey to Mars and back in 501 days, starting in January 2018," quotes C|net.



Though, this seems to be a fairly audacious goal considering it took Elon Musk and SpaceX a decade to get to the International Space Station and NASA wasn't able to get to the moon in less than five years, despite the fact that more than 4 percent of the total federal budget was going to the agency in the mid-1960s.

So let us wait for more details which will be announced by Titio himself on February 27.

via C|net

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