questionswould you take the 500 day trip to orbit mars?

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It would be one way to get away from it all.

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YES! Although I am not qualified due to no spouse to take.

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Not me personally, but I would certainly pay to send our many politicians, activists, lobbyists and bureaucrats on a trip to Mars since it is obvious most are from there anyway.

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it all depends on what kind of bandwidth the internet connection is. I need at least 5mbit, and I'm in. Although the ping would be something to behold about halfway into the trip.
And could you imagine what it'll smell like by the time the ship gets back to Earth?

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I'd love to, but like morriea...no spouse. That, and there are probably 100+ other things that would disqualify me.

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and miss the Woot-offs? No way.

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Absolutely. I've wanted to go to Mars since I knew what Mars was (and frankly, probably before that). It might be worth finding a similarly-minded girl to settle up, up, and away with. Although I'm not typical astronaut material, so I doubt I'd make even the first round of cuts.

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I count myself lucky enough that I have a woman that I'd be willing to spend THAT much time with over the course of the journey. Then again, there are probably cameras running ALL THE TIME so you know... all of that alone time may not be so ... you know, alone...

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Heck yeah. My wife thinks it's a silly idea though so...

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No, because there is no return trip back to Earth.

However, if Kate Upton was going as well, then I'd make an exception. I have some theories to test.

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@curtisuxor: Not true. It's a round-trip flight. Now, re-entry looks a little scary so you might not actually make it back to the surface of Earth in one piece.

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It is a round trip, but there's a catch.

They are looking for an older couple, one in a stable long-term relationship. In addition to the stir-crazy aspects, an older couple is less likely to be affected by the radiation. Or less likely to live through the bitter end of what it is going to do to them.

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no thanks, but i would watch your videos on it.

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I'm not nearly adventurous to be among the "test batch" of people. Once a few trips have been made successfully, then maybe.

Why are they not setting their sights to something a little less risky. There haven't been any commercial trips to the moon, have there? People have actually been to the moon before. And made it back alive.

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My wife and I would both love to go to Mars. She is actually qualified to do it with a masters in Space Sciences. She knows people that have worked on mars projects too.

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It's just a fly-by of Mars, no orbital insertion. They need to launch in 2018 because of how the mission is going to work... They're basically putting them into a very large orbit of Earth that intersects with Mars and loops back 501 days later. No complex propulsion maneuvers necessary once they're in "orbit." It's pretty cool, but the health risks are pretty high. If I was eligible, I'd consider volunteering... But, alas, I'm far too young.

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If I was younger without the back problems I have, definitely! Although maybe the low gravity would help fix it?

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No way. I just spent 5 days with my husband when we got snowed in. It took about two days to start getting on each others' nerves and we had to go to different rooms. Spending 500 days locked in a room smaller than an RV with no shower and drinking our own pee just for a once around a dusty, featureless planet? Sounds like my idea of a nightmare vacation.

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being a space junkie, i'd definitely jump at the chance to orbit Mars. the problem is, i'm very lazy and hate working out. So after 500 days of being in space and not working out, when i got home and stepped out into Earths gravity, my legs would probably shatter like glass. although i'd probably still go if i had the chance :)

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How long is the trip to Uranus?