By Chuck Woodbury
When I finally depart my earthly existence I will have one major regret: that I did not get to travel to the Moon or Mars. I want to go so badly I can hardly stand it.
That said, I feel very fortunate to have lived in a time when I’ve been able to view spectacular high definition photographs from outer space, including hundreds of images from Mars.
And, really, there are some places I have visited on Planet Earth that look nearly identical to those photos from Mars — Death Valley here in the states and in one particular area of Iceland, where I visited a few years ago.
But now, along comes Elon Musk with his latest rocket, one that I think should be called a Rocketship because it looks almost identical to those of my childhood heroes Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Musk’s ship looks right out of one of those classic TV shows and movies. It’s cool beyond words!
Musk says the first launch could come as soon as next month on a suborbital mission. The vessel for outer space would be more substantial, and could transport a crew to the Moon in 2023 and to Mars a year later.
Picture a baby crying: “I WANT TO GO!”
Here’s a question for you: Would you go to Mars if invited? Assume you’d blast off in 2024 and probably never return.