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Mission To Mars Planned By Private Space Leaders
On what looks to be a 500-day round trip voyage to Mars, Tito's newly formed Inspiration Mars Foundation teases "plans to take advantage of a unique window of opportunity to launch a historic journey to Mars and back in 501 days, starting in January 2018," reports CNET.
Details are few right now but clarity will come next week during a press conference scheduled for February 27, 2013, at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., moderated by CNN's Miles O'Brien.
Speculation on how the flight will go includes wondering if an actual landing on Mars will occur or if the private mission will simply (as though this is simple in any way) be a fly-by. At nearly 70 years old by the time the proposed flight happens, time is of the essence for Tito.
Add it all up and these private space leaders could very well pull it off. We'll find out more details on the plan next week.
Want to know more about the idea of a mission to Mars? Check this video:
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