Capitalism Takes Huge Lead in 21st Century Space Race with Moon Milestone
In the 20th Century, the United States and the Soviet Union fought a technological arms race in the realm of space exploration. What followed was an unprecedented era for science, aerospace and diplomacy.
Now Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, is emerging as the top figure in the next chapter of the space race. He has also sold a spot aboard his moon mission, which he hopes will launch in the year 2023. The mission will be live streamed in a format for virtual reality headsets as well.
Moon mission will be livestreamed in high def VR, so it’ll feel like you’re there in real-time minus a few seconds for speed of light
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2018
The most impressive part?
Musk doesn’t have the coffers of NASA, who worked at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer. He’s forced to rely on good business practices to make his mission work. It’s capitalism at its finest, doing things not even NASA dreamed of.
The Tesla CEO also emphasized the unpredictable nature of rocket science and space travel, saying “it’s not 100 percent certain we can bring this to flight,” according to BBC.
Musk’s space exploration company, SpaceX, has previously done the impossible: Landed rockets back on Earth.
The passenger on the planned moon mission, Yusaku Maezawa, did not reveal how much his spot cost him.
Maezawa is a 42-year-old Japanese billionaire and one of the richest people on the island nation. His trip around the moon is estimated to take seven days.
“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Moon,” Maezawa said. “This is my lifelong dream.”
The Japanese billionaire also invited guests. Artists will accompany him, creating works inspired by the trip. “They will be asked to create something after they return to Earth. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us,” Maezawa said.
Maezawa has a vibrant social media presence, which is virtually guaranteed to increase as the moon mission inches closer to reality.
#dearMoon. An Art Project by the Craziest, Most Extravagant Patron on Planet Earth. – milieu https://t.co/mI3xAGRlVz @elonmusk @dearmoonproject
— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) September 18, 2018
Until the proposed 2023 date, the rest of us non-billionaire space junkies will have to settle for rewatching the Apollo moon landing.
And if you don’t have a virtual reality headset, it may be time to start saving if you want to experience space travel in your lifetime.
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