In recent news, a company in Japan named Otsuka is scheduled to send the first privately funded rocket to the moon. This has all been done as a huge publicity stunt to leave a powdered sport drink on the moon’s surface. This has brought up some big questions with the future of space travel finally coming to the people. The can of Otsuka’s Pocari Sweat has the dream of being made to drink using water from the moon, and holds the dream that eventually we can freely travel there. There is more information on Otsuka and their project here as video and a link to their website here.
Will only the rich be able to travel in to space?
I think with the way things are heading that space is going to be a luxury for those who can afford it. I hope as time moves on it will dwindle down to where anyone can travel to space and see the wonders. This could potentially happen in our lifetime; with the way technology is progressing it will not be long before we find an efficient and cheap way to travel to our neighbor, the moon.
What will traveling to the moon achieve?
Potentially with more than the limited visits we have had so far, we may find more resources that can help our civilization or even transport materials. Eventually there would be no reason we can’t create buildings on the moon that people can live in, similarly to the international space station but on a much larger scale. Exploration and vacations could take place on the moon. One of the great wonders is what’s on the dark side of the moon; I hope it’s nothing like Iron Sky.
Advances in Technology
By learning more about space we can work on better ways to travel and faster ways. With many different private visits to the moon this could lead to innovation in creating the best ways of travel. This could be the push we need, to allow us to advance to planetary exploration but this is far on the horizon for now.
With advertising on the moon, will it soon be us?