February 27th, 2013
05:25 PM ET

WANTED: Millionaire Dennis Tito looking for a Married Couple for a fly-by mission to Mars in 2018

Can a man and woman actually get to Mars by 2018?

Dennis Tito, an American engineer, multi-millionaire and the world's first space tourist says yes and is putting his money where his mouth is. According to Tito, on January 5, 2018, the planets will be perfectly aligned in such a way that a manned mission to Mars is possible.

“I will not be one of the crew members. And if I were 30 years younger, I still would not be,” Tito said at his press conference.

He plans to team up with his non-profit the Inspiration Mars Foundation and will launch "A Mission for America," a two person crew on a historic journey to the red planet.

Group aims to send 2 humans on Mars mission in 2018

Tito is no stranger to space travel, in 2001, he hitched a ride with the Russians and spend almost 8 days on the International Space Station, orbiting the Earth 128 times. Tito became the first tourist to privately fund a trip to space.

OutFront Tonight: Erin Burnett interviews Dennis Tito about his latest venture to send two human beings to Mars.

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  1. David McGuigan

    I would go in a heartbeat.... 500+ Days would be a long haul.. But well worth it to be placed in the major events in human history... and to be established as the first humans to visit a distant planet... Who wouldn't..... Training of course would be necessary... and I am sure.. the rigors of selection will be unprecedented...... I'm ready..... where do I sign up...? Wait... gotta check with the misses... LOL....

    March 1, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Dude, I have trouble getting a girl to agree to go to dinner with me for like a couple hours, let alone five hundred some odd days in a space capsule.

    February 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Reply

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