Changing Planet

Best Twitter Reaction to Dennis Tito’s Manned Mars Mission Announcement

By Brett Line, National Geographic News

The tweets poured in after news broke Wednesday that a group called Inspiration Mars is planning to send a couple to fly by the red planet. The couple would spend 501 days in space before returning home. The mission, slated for 2018, is being funded by multimillionaire Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist.

Many tweets on Thursday expressed humor at the idea of a married couple going to space for 501 straight days (we examined the psychological challenges here):





Some on Twitter felt like the mission would be a tremendous bore.


Plenty of tweets expressed doubts about the worth and feasibility of the mission:




But the mission captivated dreamers of all ages:


And many others are hopeful:

Some even thought of other “firsts” for the mission:

Dan Gilgoff is the director of National Geographic News.
  • Roger

    A manned mission to Mars will be a giant leap for mankind. But it is needed to develop fusion-powered spacecrafts so that the roundtrips to Red planet become more economically affordable.

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