A private space venture is seeking a married couple to take a 501-day space flight, a fly-by to Mars and back. The couple should be past child-bearing age–since radiation levels could pose a problem to the reproductive system–and be able to function and get along in a living space half the size of an RV for more than 16 months. The planners are looking for a married couple because of the need for strong compatibility and intimate emotional support during that 16 months flying through the void.
From Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press:
It’s a road trip that could test the best of marriages: Mars.
A tycoon announced plans Wednesday to send a middle-aged couple on a privately built spaceship to slingshot around the red planet and come back home, hopefully with their bodies and marriage in one piece after 501 days of no-escape togetherness in a cramped capsule half the size of an RV.