Jane Poynter has spoken about how the astronauts in the mars mission will help inspire future generations and how they will remain in contact with Earth.
Ms Poynter told a press conference to launch the mission, "imagine a 13-year-old girl and her classmates getting a tweet from the female astronaut at Mars, looking down on that planet for the first time and describing what she's seeing."
Jane Poynter is the president and chairwoman of Paragon Space Development Corporation, who are leading the development of the Environmental Control and Life Support System for Inspiration Mars.
More top news
Two brothers who rescued a bald eagle from a trap managed to take this selfie with the bird before it flew away.
A woman is being hunted by police after posting a picture of her dog's mouth duct-taped shut because it wouldn't "shut up".
Britain is to be lashed by gales of up to 70mph today as Storm Clodagh makes its arrival from the Atlantic.