For $1000.00, you can get on the waitlist for one of Elon Musk’s Tesla Model 3. For $100,000.00, you can score yourself one of his self-driving cars. For a much larger price tag, you can buy yourself a seat on on of SpaceX’s rockets headed for the moon.
That’s right! You too could be strapping yourself into some private industry rocket for a trip around the moon:
SpaceX, the ambitious rocket company headed by Elon Musk, wants to send a couple of tourists around the moon and back to Earth before the end of next year. If they manage that feat, the passengers would be the first humans to venture that far into space in more than 40 years.
Mr. Musk made the announcement on Monday in a telephone news conference. He said two private individuals approached the company to see if SpaceX would be willing to send them on a weeklong cruise, which would fly past the surface of the moon — but not land — and continue outward before gravity turned the spacecraft around and brought it back to Earth for a landing.
“This would do a long loop around the moon,” Mr. Musk said. The company is aiming to launch this moon mission in late 2018.
The two people would spend about a week inside one of SpaceX’s Dragon 2 capsules, launched on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. The spacecraft would be automated, but the travelers would undergo training for emergencies.
Mr. Musk did not say how much the travelers would pay for the ride. “A little bit more than the cost of a crewed mission to the space station would be,” he said.
Call me crazy, but if I am dropping several million dollars on a seat to the moon, I would want to do a lot more than sit in a seat for a week to fly around it. I’d want to land and be able to drive a Model X around on the surface for a few hours at the very least.
I would also be nervous of the potential dangers that exist with SpaceX technology. Last year, a SpaceX rocket blew up on the launch pad. These brave millionaires are boldly going where no private citizen has gone before. When the Russians aren’t busy hacking US elections, they have been selling seats on their launch vehicles to space, including to the International Space Station.