Last night I was browsing through the Associate Press App on my phone looking at headlines, and I came across this: Tycoon Wants to Send Married Couple on Mars Fly By. Of course I was intrigued. Apparently there is a wealthy gentleman that wants to send a married couple to space on Jan. 5th 2018. They will fly within 100 miles of Mars and return home. The trip is expected to take 501 days. There is minimal testing being done before hand, so really it’s a great experiment. NASA is intrigued, but won’t touch it, because the risk is too great. After reading the article, The Signmaker and I made up a list of Pros and Cons.
Never Before Seen View of Mars
According to the article, the ship will pass within 100 miles of Mars. I would love to see Earth from space, so I can’t even imagine getting that close to the red planet. It would be amazing!
The Signmaker aka MacGyver
Seriously, he LOVES MacGyver. Whenever he comes up with a great solution to something, I tell him he was such a MacGyver. He gives me a sheepish grin and his ears always turn a bit pink with pride. It’s so cute!
Potentially a Stronger Marriage
After spending 501 days alone with just the two of you. Never knowing if you are going to make it. I would hope your marriage would be unshakable when you got back.
Zero Gravity Fun
You’ve seen the NASA videos where there’s balls of orange juice floating around, and all kinds of crazy things. It would be pretty cool to experience zero gravity. And does that mean I would have less wrinkles on my face? One thing this article mentions, is zero gravity sex. The Signmaker and I didn’t know what to think about that one. There’s were many pros and cons to that topic alone. Maybe this being a private endeavor we’ll hear a few details that NASA has been keeping hush hush for the last 30 years.
I always have way too many books that I want to ideally read. The problem is people keep writing books that I want to read! Maybe I would finally read Anna Karenina or The Count of Monte Cristo or any of the other 1,000 page books I’ve been avoiding.
Men are from Mars
This of course is a little tongue in cheek, but again after spending 501 days with JUST The Signmaker, I would hope and pray that I would understand just a little bit more about him.
Yeah… I love a good long hot shower. It’s where some of my most brilliant ideas come from. Bird bathing doesn’t sound like fun. And can I say again, it’s for 501 days!
Recycle Drinking Water
All I’ve got to say is I hope that filtration system is better than a Brita filter. And can anyone explain how the the body sweat is recycled?
501 days with no family or friends
Now, if you and your spouse decide to make your own list of pros and cons, and you are think, “Spending 501 days with just you is definitely a con”, let me tell you from experience, keep that one to yourself. Spin it in a better light, like I would miss my family and friends.
RV size living quarters
Now I put this in the con section, because I think I would have cabin fever after about 1 week. but I was also thinking that cleaning the place would take no time at all. So maybe this is also a pro
Space Food for 501 days
I’ve seen those NASA videos of them playing with their food. Squeezing it out of tube and stuff. I don’t think I could do it for 501 days. I love cooking. I love eating fresh ingredients. I love steak and vegetables and different textures.
After reviewing the list I’m not sure if I would like to be signed up for this one. I think The Signmaker and I will stay earthbound for now.
– The Signmaker’s Wife