Former Rocket Engineer to Visit Mars on a Private Tour in 2018

MarsAccording to recent reports, Dennis Tito, the first paying passenger to visit International Space Station in 2001, is now planning to visit Mars in a privately backed mission.

Tito, who was a rocket engineer, is looking forward to a 501 mission to Mars in 2012. More details over the mission are expected to be released in a Washington News conference next week. The news came out in media advisory through SpaceRef website on Wednesday.

This advisory is credited to the Texas-based Griffin Communications Group. It describes the mission to Mars in 2018 as “Mission for America”. It included an invitation to attend a news conference at 1pm on February 27 at the National Press Club in Washington which is released by the Inspiration Mars Foundation.

Tito created his fortune when he founded Wilshire Associates in California. Earlier, he was in news in 2001 when paid $20 million for a ride in orbiting lab. Stoking controversy arose at the time that demanded change in policies over operation of space station.

At present, any such mission would cost no less than $40 million. “It is intended to encourage all Americans to believe again, in doing the hard things that make our nation great, while inspiring youth through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)”, asserted the advisory in regard to the 2018 mission to Mars.