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‘First to red planet will become Martians’

OTTAWA: Astronauts traveling through space on the long trip to Mars will not have the usual backup from mission control on Earth and will need to think of themselves as Martians to survive, Canada's most famous spaceman half-jokingly said Friday. Current predictions are that humans will reach Mars -- up to 400 million kilometers (250 million miles) from Earth -- in the coming decades. But the vast distance means communications with mission control would be delayed by up to 22 minutes. As a result, astronauts…

Japan’s fashion designer lands first SpaceX voyage to the moon

HAWTHORNE: SpaceX named its first private passenger on a voyage around the moon, a Japanese fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of online fashion retailer Zozo. A former drummer in a punk band, Maezawa’s moon flight is tentatively planned for 2023 aboard SpaceX’s forthcoming Big Falcon Rocket spaceship, taking the race to commercialize space travel to new heights. The first person to travel to the moon since the United States’ Apollo missions ended in 1972, Maezawa’s identity was revealed at an event on Monday…

SpaceX to name first passenger for a round trip to the moon

LOS ANGELES: SpaceX is likely to announce the name of the first man to go on a journey to the moon today (Monday). CEO Elon Musk will name the individual that SpaceX says will be the 25th person to swing around the backside of the moon and the first since America's Apollo missions ended in 1972. The announcement is scheduled at the headquarters of Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX for short, in the Los Angeles. The mission will be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of…

SpaceX’s Elon Musk outlines plans for humans to colonize Mars

SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Musk outlined his plans for the Mars rocket, capable of carrying 100 passengers plus cargo per voyage, even as SpaceX is still investigating why a different rocket carrying a $200 million Israeli satellite blew up on a launch pad in Florida earlier this month. SpaceX intends to fly to Mars about every 26 months…