Yes, you read that correctly. An entrepreneur wants to charter a SpaceX rocket to launch two interplanetary buddies on the ultimate joyride: A mission to Mars. But the timeline is tight â€” as in 5 years time
â€œtight.â€This random piece of spaceflight news is brought to you by Dennis Tito, multimillionaire and founder of the non-profit Inspiration Mars Foundation
. Tito also knows a thing or two about space â€” he was the worldâ€™s first space tourist who, in 2001, spent a little over a week living on board the International Space Station. He reportedly spent $20 million for his orbital trek.
And now, it seems, he has far loftier goals.
Tito will host a press conference on Feb. 27 detailing his â€œMars-shotâ€ plan. But what is known is that he intends to hire Elon Muskâ€™s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, to blast a spaceship beyond low-Earth orbit. SpaceXâ€™s Falcon Heavy rocket â€” that is currently in development â€” should fit the bill quite nicely. According to a NewSpace Journal report based on an Inspiration Mars paper detailing the proposed mission, a modified SpaceX Dragon capsule will be the spaceship of choice.
source : http://news.discovery.com/space/private-spaceflight/space-tourist-mission-to-mars-in-2018-130221.htm