SpaceX Dragon To Possibly Carry Manned Crew to Mars in 2018

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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William W.

I am an amateur astronomer with a focus on astrophotography and deep space objects. I have 15+ years in the web publishing business and over 20 years as a space enthusiast. I enjoy reading and writing about the amazing discoveries of brilliant scientists and engineers.

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    > circumvent Mars with a return mission to Earth

    What does “circumvent” mean in this context?

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