The World's first space tourist, Dennis Tito wants to part-fund a mission to fly past Mars in 2018. The year has been chosen because the allignment of the planets would allow the journey to be cut in half.
The journey will take 501 days and the cost of the mission is estimated at $1 billion.
Tito wants the astronauts chosen to be a married couple.
Taber MacCallum, who is chief technical officer or the project and might be a crew member, said that the mission was a "Lewis and Clark trip to Mars".
MacCallum said a middle-aged, husband-and-wife team would be sought for the journey, for both practical and symbolic reasons.
Dennis Tito's 'Inspiration Mars' Mission Would Send Married Couple To Red Planet (PICTURES)
So 501 days in a compact compartment the size of a motorhome with your partner. I can foresee many arguments along the way...
Should be exciting to keep up to date with the mission.