Elon Musk’s space transport company, with a long-term goal of colonising Mars, now all set to send the first commercial trip to mars ‘Mars One’with a budget of $675 million to study the deep interior of Mars in association with NASA in May,2018.
Ticket booking was started. Around 1,38,900 people have booked tickets for trips to Mars via NASA’s InSight.
The trip will be on 5th May,2018 and the passengers will get their ‘online boarding passes’ after registration of tickets.
It is a 720-day mission, slated for landing near the Mars equator on November 26, 2018.
As it is a lifetime trip everyone wants to have, the total number of names received by NASA from all over the world is 2,429,807.
According to NASA on Wednesday, the tickets booked by countries are as follows:
US ranks First in the global list of Mars mission with 6,76,773 tickets.
China ranks second with 2,62,752 tickets.
India stood in third place with 1,38,899 tickets.
NASA is dispatching its own spacecraft to Mars, which is built by ‘Lockheed Martin Space Systems’, Denver.The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) is contributing the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) to InSight’s science payload.
This project is managed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, which is managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama.
The deadline for submitting names was last week and they are not accepting any submissions now.