Mars

Non-Profit's Plan for Manned Mission to Mars in 2018 Hinges on Federal Government's Support

Wants to partner with NASA to send two astronauts on a flyby mission to Mars

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A private manned Mars mission won't get off the ground as planned in January 2018 unless it secures the support of the federal government within the next few months, officials say.

The nonprofit Inspiration Mars Foundation aims to partner with NASA to send two astronauts on a flyby mission to the Red Planet in 2018. Inspiration Mars has little chance of making this launch date unless it receives assurances very soon from Congress and the White House that the mission will be a NASA priority, officials said.