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As we reported earlier today , millionaire space traveler Dennis Tito plans a 2018 mission to Mars. New papers have stated that the mission could include a human crew in “Spartan Conditions”. In other words the crew would have only basic necessities like bare-bones food and water rations. Crew hygiene would be taken care of with sponge baths.

The mission could launch with a SpaceX Dragon Capsule atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket and fly to Mars for on a mission in length of 501 days. The 2 person crew and capsule would not land on the red planet, but would circumvent Mars with a return mission to Earth.

If this mission doesn’t take advantage of a launch date in 2018 the next possible target for this favorable trajectory would be in 2031.

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