Must-see morning clip: A millionaire space tourist is on a mission to Mars

Dennis Tito wants to fly two people to the red planet by 2018, mostly because he is impatient

By Prachi Gupta

Published March 6, 2013 2:17PM (EST)

What is the greatest reason to pursue science and innovation? For millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito, who wants to fly two people to Mars by 2018, it might impatience. "This brave entrepreneur will send two astronauts to Mars for the noblest reason there is: impatience." Colbert was reminded of John F. Kennedy's famous speech: "We chose to go to the Moon not because it was easy, but come on, how hard could it be."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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