News from Space.com…
- SpaceX will fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon in 2018, the company’s founder Elon Musk announced Monday (Feb. 27).
- The private spaceflight company will use its Falcon Heavy rocket to send the two paying passengers into space aboard one of the company’s Dragon spacecraft. The two private citizens, who have not yet been named, approached SpaceX about taking a trip around the moon, and have “already paid a significant deposit” for the cost of the mission, according to a statement from the company. The names of the two individuals will be announced later, pending the result of initial health tests to ensure their fitness for the mission, the statement said.
Fly me to the moon? Not this lifetime. I watched the first manned landing 20 July 1969 at age 13. At that time the prediction was the U.S. would land people on Mars by 1979. Then the world got a bit sidetracked. 2017, and we still haven’t put a person on the surface of Mars. Over the years, we have learned about serious problems involved in getting there that we did not know about back in 1969. It can be done, but not as easily as previously believed. Maybe President Trump can get the goal back on track – with SpaceX and similar if not NASA.
Reported by Jim Lantern
LANTERN TIMEGLASS JOURNAL
Tuesday morning, 28 February 2017
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