March 06, 2013
IRON AND ICE
mars_the_red_planetComet to Make Close Flyby of Red Planet in October 2014
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 06, 2013 – Comet 2013 A1 (Siding Spring) will make a very close approach to Mars in October 2014. The latest trajectory of comet 2013 A1 (Siding Spring) generated by the Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., indicates the comet will pass within 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) of Mars and there is a strong possibility that it might pass much closer. … more

 

MARSDAILY
Inspiration Mars to Pursue Human Mission to the Red Planet in 2018
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 04, 2013 – A unique window of opportunity for humankind will open in January 2018, and the Inspiration Mars Foundation intends to seize it, announcing plans to pursue a challenging manned mission to Mars and back. This historic 501-day journey around the Red Planet is made possible by a rare planetary alignment that occurs five years from now. Two professional crew members – one man, one woman – flyi … more

 

MARSDAILY
First-ever space tourist plans mission to Mars
Washington (AFP) Feb 27, 2013 – The world’s first space tourist, US multimillionaire Dennis Tito, unveiled plans Wednesday to send a manned mission to Mars and back, targeting a launch date less than five years away. The two space travelers wouldn’t land on the Red Planet – or even enter its orbit – just fly through the vicinity and back, a trajectory Tito said would take 501 days, thanks to a rare planetary alignment. … more