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    SpaceX to fly two tourists around the Moon in 2018.

    SpaceX to fly two tourists around the Moon next year.

    Elon Musk says the lucky pair will travel "faster and further into the solar system than any before them" on the week-long flight.



    SpaceX has announced plans to fly two private citizens around the Moon next year, in the first manned US mission since the 1970s.

    The tourists, who have paid a "significant deposit" for the week-long trip, will travel using a spaceship being developed for NASA astronauts - as well as a heavy-lift rocket that is yet to be flown.

    SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said he hopes the privately funded flight - the first ever to travel beyond the International Space Station - will happen in late 2018.

    Mr Musk did not reveal who his two customers are, nor how much they paid, but the entrepreneur told reporters they are not from Hollywood.

    SpaceX to fly two tourists around the Moon next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    as well as a heavy-lift rocket that is yet to be flown.
    What could possibly go wrong?

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    Lets try an earth orbit first. Saw the news report as well.

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    Not sure who tried this before but maybe try first with either a Chimp or a dog rescued from a Korean restaurant.

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    "Boldly go," indeed...

    Wow...But we knew it was near...

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    I wonder if anyone will give them flight insurance, and if so, what the premium will be ?

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    The Dragon 2 capsule.













    Maybe there's a toilet curtain in there.

    I put Dragon 2 Toilet.... Shitter.... Blurter Release.... into google images without success.

    Amazing how much space they've been able to make for the astronauts.

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    Not much leg room and i wouldnt like to be on the bottom bunk.

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    With today's advanced technology it should be a piece of cake, safer than motoring in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Not sure who tried this before but maybe try first with either a Chimp or a dog rescued from a Korean restaurant.
    Strange that the "can do" generation did this and much more with humans 50 years ago with ancient technology. Guess we had bigger balls back then.

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    ^ And more desire and pressure because the public could be scared into believing the Ruskies were going to put nukes up there.

    If it wasn't for the military's need we'd still be maxing out at 35,000 feet.

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    True that both the launch vehicle and the Dragon capsule are not yet tested. But they will be tested before they send two people around the moon. The photo shows it outfitted for 7 but it won't do long trips with that many. For ISS trips of no more than 2 days there will be 4. The 7 day trip to the moon will have only 2 persons.

    This is risky but it is not like they send them out on untested equipment. The Falcon Heavy will fly several times before this. The Dragon Capsule will be NASA man rated and flown to the ISS with NASA crew before this.
    "don't attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    The 7 day trip to the moon will have only 2 persons.
    Sounds so whimsical in writing.

    Don't forget to bring the Martinis for the ride.

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    Am I alone in really rather hoping that these rich MFs die?

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    They will ultimately be "alone" to sail into the great beyond...What a trip...

    And if you ever needed faith in your fellow man, and perhaps a Prime Mover, this is the time...

    100 years from now it will be a "walk in the park" lined with stars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    Am I alone in really rather hoping that these rich MFs die?
    I'd imagine so, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101
    Am I alone in really rather hoping that these rich MFs die?
    I sincerely hope so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    And if you ever needed faith in your fellow man, and perhaps a Prime Mover, this is the time...

    100 years from now it will be a "walk in the park" lined with stars...
    I posted in another thread that the first human to fly could have met the first human to walk on on the moon.


    And if the first human to walk on Mars was born before 2012 (little doubt) he/she would have been able to meet the first man to walk on the moon.


    Amazing how fast technology develops in the Age of Technology.

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    Used to think we were born into an amazing world that "bridged" horse and buggy to walking on the moon...Felt like there was no other "time" that could compare...

    But the way things have "expanded" makes me realize more and more that it's a constant...We will always be immersed in "change"...Always striving...

    Into the great beyond...The unknown...

    There is this strange sensation of being "left behind"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    e will always be immersed in "change"...Always striving...
    Striving is the key word. Elon Musk emphasizes that going forward is not something that happens by itself. It needs constant pushing and striving. Going backward can easily happen if the striving is not maintained. Actually I understand this is his main concern about the future of mankind. The risk that the striving ends and we slide back into the dark ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101
    Am I alone in really rather hoping that these rich MFs die?
    I sincerely hope so.
    It just seems to me to be an inordinate expense to satisfy 2 egos when that money could be spent elsewhere improving many many lives rather that giving 2 rich cunts a hard on.

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    It is "barbaric," as well, naturally...

    The awesome simplicity of Darwin...

    Survival of the fittest...

    The "survivors" may very well leave Earth behind to "die"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101
    It just seems to me to be an inordinate expense to satisfy 2 egos when that money could be spent elsewhere improving many many lives rather that giving 2 rich cunts a hard on.
    Understood...There're a lot of emotions here...But that could and has been said of the whole "space program"...

    Again, it's the striving...

    We are generally "hard-wired" to "fight"...

    It's a fine line when "humanity" is involved...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Used to think we were born into an amazing world that "bridged" horse and buggy to walking on the moon...Felt like there was no other "time" that could compare...

    But the way things have "expanded" makes me realize more and more that it's a constant...We will always be immersed in "change"...Always striving...

    Into the great beyond...The unknown...

    There is this strange sensation of being "left behind"...
    At our current (and short term future) level we're stuck with just our neighbourhood of the solar system.

    When this changes via serious scientific development and technology is when it really changes.

    The next step beyond physical space travel to Mars, Europa etc. is massive. It will be the manipulation of space-time to create wormholes (or similar) to transport whatever to wherever or deep hibernation and travel to the complete unknown.

    Hopefully the former.

    Tell someone in 1909 that in 60 years time man would be flying, and walking on the moon and they'd have wet themselves. The next step up is beyond anything we have today, but may not be that far away.

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