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.
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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