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Space X is going to have its first manned flight to the moon late next year. Kind of ballsy considering they haven't even had a single manned flight as of yet. Think they should learn how to walk before they can run but kudos for them for going big.

https://www.rt.com/usa/378810-spacex-announces-manned-private-moon-mission/
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Wow.... They haven't even sent manned missions to the International Space Station, and they're talking about a space tourism business? Sending tourists to fly around the Moon, and then back to Earth again?

I don't know..... We'll see, I guess....
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Posted 2/27/17 , edited 2/27/17
It's not "to the moon", more like "around the moon". Not landing on it.

Biggest challenge is not blowing up on launchpad, of course...
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Yep I'd be pretty nervous. But no one else is trying it.



Several earthworms lost their lives that day. :(



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Yay
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Some of the videos u linked are the booster rockets landing, not the thing u/payload ride yourself. The idea was to try and reuse them instead of discarding them, by making them land somewhere not middle of ocean.
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MysticGon wrote:

Yep I'd be pretty nervous. But no one else is trying it.



Several earthworms lost their lives that day.


That landing attempt was on a floating drone landing barge, in the middle of the ocean. So no earthworms died... However, several fish were traumatized by the incident.



TheGrandAlliance wrote:

Some of the videos u linked are the booster rockets landing, not the thing u/payload ride yourself. The idea was to try and reuse them instead of discarding them, by making them land somewhere not middle of ocean.



That was in the middle of the ocean. It's just that they tried to land on a floating remote controlled landing pad in the middle of the ocean, instead of just splashing it into the sea...
Posted 2/27/17 , edited 2/27/17
Well that's cool. Hopefully they don't fail.
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http://www.spacex.com/news/2017/02/27/spacex-send-privately-crewed-dragon-spacecraft-beyond-moon-next-year


We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission.


SpaceX must be pretty confident to be accepting paying customers already. Hope it goes well for them.

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Later this year, as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, we will launch our Crew Dragon (Dragon Version 2) spacecraft to the International Space Station. This first demonstration mission will be in automatic mode, without people on board. A subsequent mission with crew is expected to fly in the second quarter of 2018. SpaceX is currently contracted to perform an average of four Dragon 2 missions to the ISS per year, three carrying cargo and one carrying crew. By also flying privately crewed missions, which NASA has encouraged, long-term costs to the government decline and more flight reliability history is gained, benefiting both government and private missions.

Once operational Crew Dragon missions are underway for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the moon and return to Earth. Lift-off will be from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral – the same launch pad used by the Apollo program for its lunar missions. This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them.


Seems like SpaceX will be pretty busy with test flights before they launch tourists.
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Posted 2/27/17 , edited 2/27/17
Sounds interesting, but it would probably insanely expensive.
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Meh, space travel is kinda ridiculous in my opinion, but if it's private that's cool. If anything it's another great opportunity to learn about what non native environments do to the human organism and using that to our advantage.
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This would be amazing. Can't wait!!!
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So sick of space tourism. We need to exploit space, not do glorified flyby.
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Posted 2/27/17 , edited 2/27/17

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That was in the middle of the ocean. It's just that they tried to land on a floating remote controlled landing pad in the middle of the ocean, instead of just splashing it into the sea...



Yes, but u forget that is/was test launch program. Recently (like a few days ago), they had landing on land on Cape Canaveral.

The goal of the program is to land the booster rockets on land, easily accessible. Or, if it lands at sea due to technical reasons, it lands on a "drone ship" that can recall to base. And not somewhere "random" in "the middle of ocean", instead a manageable location. The idea being, costs less money then to fish it out from the ocean; also remain intact.
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So sick of space tourism. We need to exploit space, not do glorified flyby.




Omg you made my day thank you
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