Wanted: For a mission to Mars

The Inspiration Mars team have said that the ideal crew for the mission will be, "two professional crew members - one man, one woman - flying as private US citizens."

Jane Poynter added that the crew members they sought should be a 'proven couple,' to help cope with the long trip.

Leonardo da Vinci's 'Vitruvian Man' is based on the correlation of ideal human proportions - the ideal astronaut?
Leonardo da Vinci's 'Vitruvian Man' is based on the correlation of ideal human proportions - the ideal astronaut? Credit: Reuters

The website for the mission added that, "method of crew selection and specific criteria to be announced at a later date."

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Mars mission set for 2018

A non-profit organisation is hoping to send the first manned space mission to Mars in 2018.