Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SpaceX to fly two tourists around Moon in 2018




The Moon sets behind trees. File photo
Summary:  A US private rocket company, SpaceX,  has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the moon. This mission is planned to happen in 2018. The tourists have already paid a significant amount of money for this mission. The SpaceX CEO said that the two passengers will travel faster and further into the solar system than any before them. The two tourists will make a loop around the moon. They will not be landing on the moon.  The United States has not sent astronauts to the moon since the early 1970s.

Connection: This connects back to US history because of the space race between the Soviet Union and the US. When the Soviets launched the Sputnik into space. Now it looks like a US private company wants to be the first one to take civilians into space.

Discussion Questions:
How much do you think it would be worth to take a trip around the moon?
If someone offered you a free trip to the moon would you go?

15 comments:

  1. I believe a trip around the moon would cost a lot. I predict the cost of this trip would be around millions. A free trip around the moon doesn't sound bad and if i got the opportunity i would definitely take it. It is not a common activity to do and it would be a great opportunity to meet the moon.

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  2. I think it will cost over a million dollars because of the health risks and because the suits are expensive. If someone offered me a free trip to the moon i will be there faster than anyone could imagine.

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  3. I think that it would cost lost of money to go on this trip because of the a space ship has to be made to go on this trip in the first place. I someone gave me the opportunity to go I would because you don't get many opportunities like that in your lifetime

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  4. A trip to the moon would be amazing. However, it would cost so much. There is no guarantee that the person would make it back alive. Because there have been no humans sent to space since the 1970s, it would be risky to send people to the moon and expect them to make it back alive. I believe that this trip could also be for science, not just for personal enjoyment. This is a good chance for scientists to know and learn more about space.

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  5. I believe that a trip around the moon would be extremely expensive and would be too costly. Personally, I wouldn't want to go on trip around the moon because I know that it's very risky to travel to space and I feel that there would be too much publicity that comes with it. Also, it would take up a lot of time and training and it would be difficult for me.

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  6. The price to visit the moon should not be extremely expensive. The last people who were sent on the moon occurred decades ago. Technology should be much better by now so costs to go to the moon should be lower. If I was offered to go the moon for free, I would definitely go as it is an "out-of-the-world" experience.

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  7. The price to visit the moon must be a fortune ecause there are other factors that must be considered before going up in space. I would undoubtedly take up a free trip to the moon because it is a once in a life time opportunity.

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  8. A trip to the moon would cost a lot of money because the machinery required has to be constructed to very high standards, and it uses expensive fuel and especially if there are humans on board. But yea I'd go if it were free.

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    1. I agree with you RJ, a trip to the moon would be very expensive. i would go if it was free as well.

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  9. I think it would cost more $500,000 to travel to the moon. I would not like to travel to the moon.

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  10. I think it would cost about a little over 1 million dollars. Since all the equipment and supplies needed to go there would be very expensive. And if someone were to offer me a free trip to the moon would go for it sounds like a cool new experience.

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  11. I think it would millions of dollars to be sent to the moon. I do not believe that I am a good candidate for being sent to the moon, but if i were offered, I would go.

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  12. I think it would be very expensive to take this trip, so it would only be available to the extremely wealthy. I would not want to go because space freaks me out and I'd be afraid if something went wrong.

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  13. I believe the trip would be awesome to go on, but it would be costly at least nearing the hundreds of thousands to millions. Though if someone were to offer me to go for free, I would decline their offer because if you get to go the moon you would want to walk on it. I want to walk on it.

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  14. I think the tourist had to pay a lot of money to be able to go on this trip to the moon but I do think it would be interesting. I wouldn't personally go because it would take a while to go there and come back and there would also have to be a lot of training before hand to see if I would be able to go into space.

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