STATES CHRONICLE – NASA currently works on launching the first craft carrying the first visitors to the moon by 2018. The spaceship will be initiated by the Space Exploration Technologies. The spacecraft will transport two passengers on a tourist trip to the moon in 2018. The ship which will be used for this trip is currently under development, and it will be used by astronauts from NASA.
On February 24, NASA announced its ongoing study regarding a lunar mission which will carry the first visitors on the EM-1 of the Space Launch System (SLS). The plan for the Exploration Mission-1 is to fly two astronauts on an eight-day mission, following a trajectory which would surround the Moon. This new policy of flying beyond the orbit of our planet, launching human missions is a bold idea.
To boost the launching process, a heavy-lift rocket will also be used. This privately funded tourist trip to the moon is assumed to occur somewhere in late 2018. Unfortunately, there was no information revealed about the price of the one-week trip around the moon. Elon Musk, the chief executive of Space Exploration Technologies, argued that the unidentified customers are not Hollywood celebrities. But, apparently, the first visitors to the moon already know each other.
He also added that their goal is to enable more than a single such tourist trip mission. People should be excited about the possibility of transforming this dream into reality. If NASA wanted to be the first in line to engage in flyby missions to the moon, the US space agency would be a priority. At the moment, NASA is working on a new study to evaluate costs, safety risks and possible benefits of allowing astronauts fly on the test flight aboard the heavy-lift Space Launch System craft and also the Orion spaceship.
Musk claimed that this moon expedition which is privately funded is bound to occur only after SpaceX, its California-based company, will launch a crewed craft to the International Space Station for the NASA. The Falcon Heavy rocket of SpaceX was scheduled to engage in its first test flight at the end of this year. Elon Musk intends to use this spaceship to enable its company’s own tourist mission to the moon.
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