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Ticket to Mars Will Cost $500,000


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:05 PM

www.wired.com said:

Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a plan for trips to Mars that will eventually cost just $500,000 per seat. Musk founded SpaceX 10 years ago and interplanetary travel has always been one of his goals for the company. Few details were provided about the Martian voyage, but Musk did say we can expect to hear more about the plan in less than a year.

The bargain basement price for a trip to Mars also highlights Musk’s main effort behind SpaceX, to bring down the cost of delivering a payload — human or cargo — into space. In an interview with the BBC, Musk acknowledged the first seats won’t be selling for $500,000. It will take a while to get down to that price. But Musk says the half-million dollar ticket could happen a decade after trips begin.

“Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket — half a million dollars. It can be done,” he told the BBC.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:30 PM

Meh...
You could tour the world having a ball for that amount.  If you're a billionaire though, why not.  One night when there's nowt on TV.


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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:59 PM

Oh god.....

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:28 PM

Wait...

You tell me people are dying of starvation, dehydration and from pollution daily and these clowns are already thinking about offering half a million dollar tickets to Mars???

Damn, what is wrong with people?

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:30 PM

I'd pay it

Might have to sell my house to afford it though


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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:51 PM

Still cheaper than a 1st-Class rail ticket from London to Edinburgh!

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:50 PM

View PostJayMark, on 22 March 2012 - 06:28 PM, said:

Wait...

You tell me people are dying of starvation, dehydration and from pollution daily and these clowns are already thinking about offering half a million dollar tickets to Mars???

Damn, what is wrong with people?

So you never take a holiday, have no luxuries and give all your spare cash to charity? Or is that something you only expect other people to do?

It is people like Musk that dragged us out of the caves, gave us science and technology and helped us become the most successful species on the planet. I suspect that those that sat inside the cave asking, " what is wrong with these people?" became extinct.

It is precisely BECAUSE this planet is so fragile that, if we are to survive as a species indefinitely, we need to be able to move to other planets. Musk is helping make that possible. It is because of those with foresight, not the naysayers, that we have some hope of a future.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 09:55 PM

"Musk acknowledged the first seats won’t be selling for $500,000. It will take a while to get down to that price. But Musk says the half-million dollar ticket could happen a decade after trips begin".


And the trips wont even begin for decades.  Its just hype. besides what will the trip accomplish? Months in space with aggravating passengers next to you? (think long haul plane flights)...then to get there, have a look, and return?  Well for any more than 4 people aboard, just think of the food/water needed...

nah... :no:

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:33 PM

View Postbouncer, on 22 March 2012 - 09:55 PM, said:

"Musk acknowledged the first seats won’t be selling for $500,000. It will take a while to get down to that price. But Musk says the half-million dollar ticket could happen a decade after trips begin".


And the trips wont even begin for decades.  Its just hype. besides what will the trip accomplish? Months in space with aggravating passengers next to you? (think long haul plane flights)...then to get there, have a look, and return?  Well for any more than 4 people aboard, just think of the food/water needed...

nah... :no:
I guess it would be nice to get off this planet for a time,whilst you're still alive,because the only other way is through a curtain in a box,ha ha getting there but not yet...

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:03 AM

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You tell me people are dying of starvation, dehydration and from pollution daily and these clowns are already thinking about offering half a million dollar tickets to Mars???

Damn, what is wrong with people?

nothing - the spirit of exploration is part of what makes a human human.


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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:47 AM

View PostBavarian Raven, on 23 March 2012 - 01:03 AM, said:

nothing - the spirit of exploration is part of what makes a human human.
     Hiya,I see your  point ,but what would you do if you had a couple of million dollars,that gets you about $24000 a month interest !,You would have a look around just for something to amuse you,and you wouldnt go to work on a bus....It seems to me that people who have money always want another million,so you have all this cash and nothing to spend it on,and up pops a trip to Mars...Have I answered your question ?...

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:33 AM

View Postspud the mackem, on 23 March 2012 - 08:47 AM, said:

Hiya,I see your  point ,but what would you do if you had a couple of million dollars,that gets you about $24000 a month interest !,You would have a look around just for something to amuse you,and you wouldnt go to work on a bus....It seems to me that people who have money always want another million,so you have all this cash and nothing to spend it on,and up pops a trip to Mars...Have I answered your question ?...


If I had the dough and the travel was  a possibility Id do it. Id love too. But its months in space and for any space adventure, astronauts are rigorously tested, specially on a psychological level, as to HOW they deal with being confined, and with each other and lots of other things too.

Its not as simple as strangers getting on a bus, with windows to look out of..we are talking of months in space, youd have to have the 'right' set of people so theres no-one having a major freak out on the way and being a risk to the mission...

I think we all prolly dream and want to go in space...but I dont know even if I could pass this simple test requirement...g-force




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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:17 AM

View PostJayMark, on 22 March 2012 - 06:28 PM, said:

Wait...

You tell me people are dying of starvation, dehydration and from pollution daily and these clowns are already thinking about offering half a million dollar tickets to Mars???

Damn, what is wrong with people?
Money, essentially. That's what is wrong with people. I would love to travel to Mars. :-)

Edited by Alienated Being, 23 March 2012 - 11:18 AM.


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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:21 PM

View PostJayMark, on 22 March 2012 - 06:28 PM, said:

Wait...

You tell me people are dying of starvation, dehydration and from pollution daily and these clowns are already thinking about offering half a million dollar tickets to Mars???

Damn, what is wrong with people?

Ok, I will feed the troll :)

First, please explain how people are dying from starvation, dehydration, and pollution and how this in any way relates to tickets to Mars -OR- admit this was just meant to be an ambiguous, dramatic, statement meant to feed your ego, reduce your guilt, and make you feel superior to everyone who sees things differently than you do :)

Second, Here is your tagline: "There is nothing else that exists but Counsciousness itself."
I will not touch the fact that you use this to identify yourself and cannot even spell Consciousness correctly :) My main point would be that if you really and truly believe this then why comment? Can you even begin to explain the contradiction between your absurd comment and your tagline?

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:32 PM

View Postbouncer, on 22 March 2012 - 09:55 PM, said:

"Musk acknowledged the first seats won’t be selling for $500,000. It will take a while to get down to that price. But Musk says the half-million dollar ticket could happen a decade after trips begin".


And the trips wont even begin for decades.  Its just hype. besides what will the trip accomplish? Months in space with aggravating passengers next to you? (think long haul plane flights)...then to get there, have a look, and return?  Well for any more than 4 people aboard, just think of the food/water needed...

nah... :no:

lol... If we survive the Singularity in a few decades it will not really be our bodies that go. It will be our uploaded counterparts and machines :) The flight will be in a matchbox size spacecraft with thousands of us living in a virtual environment. Why bother sending meat?





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