Elon Musk Announced That He’ll Send Two Tourists To The Moon
Elon Musk, ahead of the company Space X, made a stunning announcement in which he said that in 2018, two lucky tourists will be able to go to the Moon and back aboard one of his Dragon 2 spacecraft and the Falcon Heavy rocket.
The two passengers who haven’t been named yet, will not go to the moon per se, but rather go near it. Nevertheless, these two people, who shall remain nameless for the time being, are eager to go and have already made a significant deposit.
The trip will take a little over a week with the spaceship entering the moon’s orbit, go a bit further into deeper space and then slingshot back to Earth by using the moon’s gravity. There will be no moon landing.
“Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year.”
Leisure travels to space are something totally new and we should approach them with a grain of scepticism. This, of course, doesn’t mean that we should disregard them because who in their right mind wouldn’t want to go into outer space – if it were completely safe, or cheapish.
But these are two issues SpaceX is trying to solve, and it’s doing a great job at it. Firstly, the company has had great success in bringing the price of a trip into space down, mainly by making their rockets reusable.
Secondly, Elon Musk and SpaceX have been hard at work testing their rockets. Now, even though he once said that such a trip was planned sometime in 2017, it has now moved to 2018. This is because the company has encountered several technical problems and even had one of its rockets explode. While these might seem to be a deterrent for some and raise some concerns about space travel, people should keep in mind that these are the whole purpose of these test flights. They’re not so much about being successful, but rather for unforeseen accidents and issues to arise, so the engineers can better prepare or eliminate them before tourists even get close to one such spaceship.
Nevertheless, Musk’s ultimate goal is to put people on Mars which he plans to do sometime around 2021. Now, if that will actually happen or the timeline will be pushed further back, we will have to sit and wait. But in the meantime, people will start flying to the moon and back.
“Next year is going to be the big year for carrying people,” says Musk. “This should be a really exciting mission that hopefully gets the world really exciting about sending people into deep space again.”