The Ultimate Honeymoon: Space Entrepreneur Hopes to Send a Married Couple on a Mission to Mars

Billionaire Dennis Tito aims to launch two astronauts on a flyby mission to Mars by 2018.
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Welcome to Yahoo! power players on David Curley of ABC news in a very exciting program for you today. We're talking about going to Mars our guest today is. Taper McCallum from inspiration -- thanks for joining us you are a private group. That is talking about going to Mars he 500 day trip for a couple -- married couple to go around Mars -- comeback. Why it. What Mars is something that's always been fascinating to people of all ages. We really inspires peoples' interest and what's interesting about Mars is that. When you talk about Morris with kids see this lineup when he. Talk about the science of how you supports people for 500 days people get really interested and inspired. To go into the sciences to go into. Technology fields and that's what American needs we are not going to be competitive as a nation in the global economy and -- we have the best scientists and best technicians. On the planet and missions like this do that inspiration Mars wanted to send a couple married -- on this fly by around Mars. Other than the fact that it's there and we could do it. What would we learned. Well what we've learned first stop is this a lot of very instinct physiology that goes -- Long duration in space program and we -- learned what it takes to send people to -- and get them back and that sort of it's like the sound barrier deep space -- can we get people there and that can -- learn how to do that description the reason for the married couple is. Elected -- -- -- it would be new -- one person is good but that's probably not safes that we really need a crew -- two is the minimum crew. That is said well we need to properly represent humanity -- that's a man and a woman. They said well but the -- also needs for radiation reasons to be older in the mid fifties. This -- be a man and woman that have a lot of experience together so. Preferably Mary does that really requirement. But it's a really interesting message -- in the end it. Yet it's really cool to be an older couple this is the brainchild of -- -- -- the first. Civilian terrorists in space paid twenty million dollars ago with the Russians there was paradise. That -- but this guy just came back from paradise if you're doing this. As a private enterprise. Why isn't a government our government doing this you really need. That NASA assets the big rockets the things that -- developing out over paying for us taxpayers now. To do this mission to live -- Mars we think -- should do this mission. For all the reasons that space programs have been promoted for decades. And the inspiration Morris foundation will. Race Philanthropic donation is you are hoping to do it for years from now at a billion dollars I got a feeling it's gonna cost a little bit more for NASA to do it how much can you Philanthropic -- donate to that effort. We think Philanthropic -- could raise several hundred billion dollars we're very confident that if there's a mission that NASA has riveted do this mission -- Philanthropic partner. We could race -- substantial amount of money. And also really. Be an external source saying this is an important mission for America what are the chances that this will actually happened that Americans will -- a -- -- of Mars it's really hard to say the chances are this. We've all seen how our government is operating these last few months and I think really. Revenue -- -- say nothing of the next percent chance. Went on to say is that we feel it's our civic duty to bring this opportunity to. Congress and the administration and say this is something we think America needs to do not only for what it does for inspiring science and technology economy. But because if we don't I think that's a reasonable chance that in -- 21 -- see China or Russia during this mission. And as an American as a Patriot -- I think we should be first -- -- thank you very much for joining us appreciate it thank you very much appreciate it. And thank you -- for joining us on Yahoo! powers players on David -- from ABC news you can follow me. And David underscores.

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