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"Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by xouper » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:39 pm

If you you remember that line in the subject line*, you might be as old as ed.

Here's the latest scoop on what might become the first first private Moon tourist. He was mentioned on the forum last year.
There are many more such news items on the interwebs today, of course. I just picked three at random, more or less.



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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by Doctor X » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:46 pm

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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:00 am

I read about this yesterday. IIRC, they aren't going to land on the moon, they will probably do what Apollo 8 and 10 did and go around it.

History generally remembers Apollo 11 as the "first" that everyone really cares about, because it doesn't really count unless you actually land on it and step foot on it. Fairly or unfairly. Those other missions were obviously important and necessary steps on the road to Apollo 11, but they don't have the same prominence in our collective memory.
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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by ed » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:06 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:00 am
I read about this yesterday. IIRC, they aren't going to land on the moon, they will probably do what Apollo 8 and 10 did and go around it.

History generally remembers Apollo 11 as the "first" that everyone really cares about, because it doesn't really count unless you actually land on it and step foot on it. Fairly or unfairly. Those other missions were obviously important and necessary steps on the road to Apollo 11, but they don't have the same prominence in our collective memory.
And Apollo 13.
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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by Witness » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:10 am

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(One thing I certainly would take along on such a trip: a cyanide pill.)

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Post by Pyrrho » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:22 am

Should be good for the marketing for some rich guys. Actually happen? I don't think so.
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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:50 am

Witness wrote:
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(One thing I certainly would take along on such a trip: a cyanide pill.)
How long does a cyanide pill take to work, and how painful a death is that?

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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

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↑ Presupposes you can open a hatch…

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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by Doctor X » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:00 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:50 am
In space there is a way to kill yourself that is almost instantaneous.
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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by xouper » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:26 am

Pyrrho wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:22 am
Should be good for the marketing for some rich guys. Actually happen? I don't think so.
Is that a testable prediction? :wink:

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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:52 am

It's not like it hasn't been done before. 50 years ago.

I wouldn't bet against it. But maybe not on their announced schedule (2023).
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Re: "Bang, zoom! To the Moon, Alice!"

Post by Doctor X » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:50 am

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