A private company plans to send a married couple on a mission to mars. Do you think a relationship can survive a trip like that?
Dennis Tito, the NASA engineer-turned-mulitmillionare and the world’s first “space tourist” announced plans Wednesday to send a “middle-aged couple” on a mission to Mars. According to the Associated Press, the privately funded nonprofit project called Inspiration Mars, will send the 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.” Chief technical officer Taber MacCallum said, “This is not going to be an easy mission. We called it the Lewis and Clark trip to Mars.”
Not an easy mission would seem to be an understatement when you take into consideration such circumstances as, “no showers, limits on toilet paper and clothing, drinking water made from the crew members’ recycled urine and sweat, and almost no privacy,” for almost 16-months. However, the mission does come with some pretty awesome perks. Such as, “Never-before-seen views of Mars. And … ample time for zero-gravity sex in space, something NASA doesn’t like to talk about.” Even so, most couples dread spending hours together stuck in a car, so 16 months alone in a tiny space capsule?
What do you think?
Could you spend 16 months alone with your partner in a space half the size of an RV?
How do you deal with long periods alone with your partner, and how do you handle challenges that may arise?
Do you enjoy spending a significant amount of alone time with your partner, or is it something that you think should be avoided at all costs?
Photo: AP/Inspiration Mars