Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku argues that the US has more vision for space travel than just ‘beating the Russians’
Honeymoon on the moon?
Professor Michio Kaku of the City College of New York, an author and theoretical physicist, made the prediction on “Warney & Company.” On Wednesday, the first all-civilian crewed mission into space could potentially launch a honeymoon to the real Moon.
Kaku compared the development of space travel to railroads and airlines.
“In the first phase, airplanes and railroads were used to ship goods and cargo,” he told host Stuart Verne.
“Phase II, wealthy individuals built a luxury liner. Phase III, Mom and Dad can now get on an airplane or a railroad.”
“We are now entering phase two of the space program,” he continued. “Step 3, Mom and Dad can go to outer space. Maybe our descendants can honeymoon on the moon.”
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Kaku provided insight on the same day SpaceX will help make history by launching the first all-civilian crew aboard its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon Resilience spacecraft, dubbed Inspiration 4.
Inspiration 4 is set to take off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch window will open Wednesday at 8:02 p.m. EDT, and a backup window has been established for Sept. 16 at 8:05 p.m. EDT.
according to a Tweet On Wednesday, conditions looked favorable for Wednesday’s expected launch.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, has been active on social media promoting the flight that follows rival Virgin Galactic’s head. Richard Branson and Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos.
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The Inspiration 4 crew will fly aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, whose mission will last about three days and target an altitude of about 360 miles — the farthest for any human since the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission. The crew will orbit Earth every 90 minutes along an optimized flight path that will be monitored by the aerospace company’s mission control. At the conclusion of the mission, Dragon will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere for a splashdown off the coast of Florida.
Varney asks Kaku what he thinks will happen next as it relates to space travel.
“We think that maybe within two to three years the first astronauts will go back to the Moon after a 50-year hiatus,” he replied, adding that as prices drop, perhaps tourists will also have the opportunity to walk on the surface. Moon.
Kaku explicitly remarked that “Musk has even more vision.”
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“He really wants to go to Mars,” Kaku continued. “Now I think it’s still premature when we can go to Mars, but the fact that we’re thinking about it means the game has changed.”
He further explained that the US is no longer focused only on “beating the Russians”, but now has “a new vision for exploring the universe”.
Appearing on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” later Wednesday, former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander Dr. Leroy Chiao said all civilian travel is “definitely a first” and will be “fully automated”. .
He explained that most of their five-month training involved learning how to take care of themselves in space and respond to unforeseen emergencies, along with all routine procedures on board.
Granthshala Business’ Lucas Manfredi contributed to this report.