<br />How much would you donate to an operation to be able to remotely operate your own Mars probe, for a few minutes anyway?<br /><br />I was thinking, if anyone could donate (say via an online site) a dollar or more to a specific goal, what would get done. Personally, I would pledge 10 bucks to a Mars Blimp Style Explorer. In return, give me a web site that I could logon to and see, live, the video feed. Allow me to remotely control it and I would give considerably more. <br /><br />Now, if everyone who has ever paid 10 bucks for a movie, book, etc., who might be interested in such, would do the same, how much of the cost for a probe could we come up with?<br /><br />Create a market for it......why not?<br /><br />Here is the plan. Create a Website where we can each register and pledge money. If/when enough money is raised to contribute significantly to a project, then everyone would be prompted to ante-up. If the money arrives, the newly created "consumer" division of NASA, or some other private group, would get to work, if not, no harm done.<br /><br />Thoughts? Of the 300 million or so in North America alone, how many would pledge 10 bucks? I would without hesitation. Depending on the proposed mission, perhaps a lot more.