Benson Offers Discount Travel to Mars

Jim Benson has offered to deliver a mission to Mars for $24 million. For the price of a private jet or a mega-yacht, Benson told his audience at the Mars Society convention in Boulder Colorado that he could launch a payload to the fourth planet in 2001. He said his price was substantially lower than the government could match, and he challenged the Mars Society to come up with the money to make it possible.