ESCAPE TO MARS
Why the obsession with moving to Mars? This is hugely expensive. NASA does not have the funds, so millionaires and billionaires are investing in the venture, and even India, which cannot feed its citizens, is putting in millions for a fly-by. With all this urgency, will Tito and his buddies wait until 2018, when Mars is next anticipated to be close? They plan to send up a series of habitable pods, to be installed by robots. Then the human inhabitants will arrive, or so goes the plan.Millionaire Rushing to Send Astronauts Past Mars in 2018
February 21, 2013
Dennis Tito, the millionaire investment whiz who became the first paying passenger to visit the International Space Station in 2001, has worked out a plan to send two astronauts to Mars and back without stopping. However, the privately backed 501-day flight would have to be launched in 2018. The mission would involve a flyby of Mars with a free return back to Earth, without stopping. That type of low-energy trajectory requires a special set of orbital circumstances: The presentation says those circumstances exist for the 2018 opportunity but won’t repeat until 2031. And who’s going to pay for all this? Although there’s no price tag attached to the plan, doing the mission seems likely to require billions of dollars. Tito may be rich, but is he that rich?
India Mulls Unmanned Mission To Mars By 2013
November 27, 2006
Indian space scientists plan to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2013 to look for evidence of life. The six-to-eight-month mission, likely to be launched in the next seven years, would cost 67 million dollars. The mission will study the chemical attributes of the Martian atmosphere and the planet’s sub-soil and terrain. India plans to send its first unmanned probe to the moon in two or three years’ time…http://poleshift.ning.com/