Financial tycoon wants to make it happen.

Mars Journey in Next 5 Years? (VIDEO)

By Nina Settappa

February 28, 2013 Updated Feb 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM EDT

UNDATED (www.incnow.tv) - The fantasy of several Star Wars and Star Trek fans may soon come true.

Dennis Tito, a multimillionaire who is known as the first space tourist is heading up a project called “Inspiration Mars.” The goal is to send a married couple on a slingshot trajectory around the red planet sometime in the next 5 years. Tito will be footing the initial funding for the extraterrestrial journey.

Overall costs are expected to be in the billions and the estimated length of the flight is 16 months.

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