The world's first space tourist, Dennis Tito, has announced plans for a manned fly-by of Mars - crewed, he suggests, by a married couple.
Dutch company Mars-One says it's won enough sponsorship money to create a reality TV show which it hopes will in turn fund a manned trip to Mars.
China has successfully carried out its first manned space docking, according to official state media.
China has announced plans for its first manned space docking, and says it will launch the mission as early as this month.
A Washington State University professor is calling for one-way missions to Mars - and says he'd be happy to volunteer himself.
A group of Danish amateurs will next week launch its own rocket - with plans for a manned flight to follow if all goes well.