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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 — as in 5 years time “tight.”
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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 — he was the world’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.
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And now, it seems, he has far loftier goals.
Tito will host a press conference on Feb. 27 detailing his “Mars-shot” plan. But what is known is that he intends to hire Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, to blast a spaceship beyond low-Earth orbit. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket — that is currently in development — 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.
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Because of the short timeframe to develop the necessary technology to make this mission possible, the mission will be strictly no-frills. It will use existing tech for life support and will not make any attempt to land on the Martian surface or orbit the planet. It will simply be a fly-there, fly-by, fly-back mission. Attempting such a feat would be one for the history books, surely catapulting the hopes and dreams on Earth to the Red Planet where far grander missions will be attempted later on.

By Tito’s team’s reckoning, the mission will launch in the January 2018 launch window (when Earth and Mars are in a favorable positions) and last 501 days.
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I'm not sure I would spend money on it but hey give the guy credit for being daring and different.
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There are several key challenges that a human mission to Mars must overcome:

physical effects of exposure to high-energy cosmic rays and other ionizing radiation.
physical effects of a prolonged low-gravity environment, including eyesight loss.
psychological effects of isolation from Earth.
psychological effects of lack of community due to lack of real-time connections with Earth.
social effects of several humans living under crowded conditions for over one Earth year.
inaccessibility of terrestrial medical facilities.
equipment failure of propulsion or life-support systems.
typical Mars mission plans have round-trip flight times of 400 to 450 days.
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I do not think he will be able to overcome much of this within his five year period. And the cost to him personally would be staggering and most likely bankrupt him.

Another thing that comes to mind, the capsule would have to be rather small meaning the people chosen to go would not be able to move around much. Sitting for prolonged period in a weightless environment would play hell on the body.
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Wait 10 or 15 years get some more backers and do it right land there.
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Wait 10 or 15 years get some more backers and do it right land there.
But there is a "5 year window". I'm assuming (perhaps incorrectly) that is due to the closer orbit???
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Or the time frame in which he can still do it personally... as in "ego".
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