Want to go to Mars? Applications to open for couple willing to be cooped up together on 501 day round trip to the red planet
Over 10,000 people have already applied - despite the process not being officially announced until today
The private, nonprofit project, called Inspiration Mars, will get initial money from multimillionaire investment consultant Dennis Tito, the first space tourist, and will cost more than $1 billion
It aims to establish a colony on the red planet by 2023
How does a romantic 501-day getaway to Mars sound? Applications have now officially opened for a couple to travel to Mars and back in a 2018 manned mission that could pave the way for a Mars base in 2023. Ten thousand couples applied before the official registration date was announced. The winners will spend nearly two years in a 600-cubic-foot capsule with only one another for company--while drinking each others' recycled urine to boot. The privately funded Mars One expedition is expected to cost more than a billion dollars.