“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Neil Armstrong said in one of the most significant moments in human history. The Apollo missions ended in the 70’s and we have not been on a celestial body, other than our own, in almost 50 years ago.
Since those days we have looked out to the stars and wondered whether or not there is a next step for humanity in the space frontier. To some, staying Earthbound forever is not an option. “If the future does not include us out amongst the stars and being a multi planet species, I find that incredibly depressing,” says Elon Musk.
In a recent interview Musk expressed his interest in Mars, “I think it would be great to be born on Earth and die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact.” Musk recognizes the dangers that are inevitably tied to this journey, especially from the start. However, this has not deterred him from setting a course for an inspiring future.
Before we head to the red planet, there is much testing and planning to gear us up for the voyage. A recent announcement from Musk revealed the scheduled moon fly by with passengers aboard. Musk has chosen the first man to fly aboard a SpaceX spacecraft to be Yusaku Maezawa, founder of the e-commerce company Zozo. Maezawa has bought all 6-8 passenger tickets and told Musk he wants him to be one of those seats.
The mission is planned for 2023 and will be the first step in testing out SpaceX’s rocket BFR that is being designed to be an interplanetary travel vessel. Space travel comes with many known risks and the passengers that are aboard are willing to take them to try at earning a spot in history. The next step in space has been chosen. Every giant leap forward acts as a feat of its own. Yet, it is also one small step towards a future spread across the stars.