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Fri., March 1, 2013, 8:24 a.m.

To boldly go

An artist’s conception shows the private group’s envisioned spacecraft. (Associated Press)
An artist’s conception shows the private group’s envisioned spacecraft. (Associated Press)

An artist’s conception shows the private group’s envisioned spacecraft.

WASHINGTON – 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.

Under the audacious but bare-bones plan, the spacecraft would blast off less than five years from now and pass within 100 miles of the Martian surface. The cost was not disclosed, but outsiders put it at more than $1 billion. More here.

"501 days of cramped togetherness?" Would you and your spouse give this a try?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.