Science: Inspiration Mars Will Fight Radiation With Bathroom Waste
Project leader and millionaire explorer Dennis Tito recently announced plans to fly space tourists by Mars in 2018, and now the logistical challenged of that 501-day round trip flight are being revealed. Scientists working on the project plan to use feces to stop radiation since human waste is a better blocker of radiation than man-made products.
Dennis Tito and his team believe that since water-based materials stop radiation better than metal, they can not only create a working system but also provide a simpler life support system while maximizing space for supplies.
The Inspiration Mars spaceship is a massive undertaking when we consider the five year time span for launch. In comparison, President Obama has asked NASA to land its first astronauts on the red planet by 2033.
The Inspiration Mars project is still raising money, accepting ideas from the scientific community and working to secure passengers who would like to spend one and a half years of their lives in tight quarters aboard an experimental space shuttle.