Image: Inspiration Mars Foundation An ambitious private manned mission to Mars aims to launch a two-person crew to fly around the Red Planet and return to Earth in 501 days, starting in January 2018.
… This is the vision of the Inspiration Mars Foundation, headed by former NASA engineer, investment guru, and pioneering space tourist Dennis Tito. On to Mars! The Inspiration Mars Foundation is also seeking additional government partners to offer their expertise, as well as access to infrastructure and other technical assistance as part of a public-private partnership. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Inspiration Mars Foundation believes in the exploration of space as a catalyst for growth, national prosperity, knowledge and global leadership. Inspiration Mars Foundation Aims to Launch Manned Mission by 2018 March 3, 2013 To take advantage of a unique window of opportunity that will open in January 2018, the Inspiration Mars Foundation has announced that it plans to send a manned mission to Mars funded at least in part by philanthropic giving. The Inspiration Mars Foundation, a newly formed nonprofit organization led by American space traveler and entrepreneur Dennis Tito, invites you to attend a press conference detailing its 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. The Inspiration Mars Foundation plans to start its one-and-a-half-year mission in January 2018. The Inspiration Mars Foundation calls their proposed trip to Mars as a "Mission for America." These steps will lead the Mars Foundation to the establishment of an entire simulated Mars settlement at a location here on Earth, which will serve as a research and outreach center. From this week's Guardian editorial "Mars or bust: a private mission to the red planet can take risks Nasa can't:" When I first heard of the proposal, from the Inspiration Mars Foundation, that a human crew might fly to Mars in 2018 it … Talk about colonizing the moon is so 20th century.