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Space Tourism to Mars Begins in 2018

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Space is the place. Since I was young, I have always wanted to visit another world. Every science fiction show I watched as a kid only furthered my obsession. As this was before the coming of the World Wide Web, all I could was dream. But today’s kids can do much more than that. With SpaceX planning to send stuff to Mars in 2 years and the whole space tourism business taking off, someone living today will set foot on the Red Planet before they die.

The promises of space travel keep coming, and I am glad we are making progress to becoming a space fairing species. I am a little sad that NASA’s budget got slashed again, but what can you do when you let dumb people run the world. At least the commercial space industry is going places.

Either way, we have to wait a year and a half to get the ball rolling.

SpaceX said last week that they will start throwing their Dragon rocket at Mars two years from now, the same rocket that have been sending to the International Space Station over the past few years. They have yet to release any more information than that. We do not know how many rockets they plan to send to the Red Planet every year for instance. However, they are calling their Mars Dragon the Red Dragon. They attached either SuperDraco engines on it as well so that they can land the beast on solid ground and reuse it. If it works, every space agency may use something similar on future Mars missions.

Either way, these Red Dragon missions will pave the way for a SpaceX Mars Colony sometime in the near future. Yeah, Elon Musk wants to put SpaceX boots on the red soil. No word on how to plan to do that, but they have said they will make another announcement in September. I can’t wait myself. I hope that I can join one of those missions, but I am probably won’t be able to. Oh well, at least we can say we saw how the future began, and that has to mean something.

If you want a ticket to the Red Planet, say so in the comments below. In the meantime, feel free to read my other space related blogs.



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