'It is the next logical step to take tourists to the moon, but we can't underestimate the danger', says The Planetary Society

SpaceX: 'It is the next logical step to take tourists to the moon, but we can't underestimate the danger', says The Planetary Society

SpaceX is set to take two tourists to the moon (Stock image)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

While it is the "next logical step" to take tourists to the moon, we must not underestimate the danger, says The Planetary Society.

SpaceX have announced that they will fly two tourists around the moon in 2018. The pair are said to have already paid a "significant deposit" for the trip and the spacecraft is set to go on its first unmanned test flight later this year.

UK National Coordinator Andy Lound told Julia Hartley-Brewer that it is "the next logical step" to take tourists into space, just like how the aircraft industry developed to take passengers. However, "to send humans to the moon is an enormously big deal indeed."

He believes "there are plenty of people out there who can easily afford" the trip, but we are understimating the danger.

We've already had "several failures" taking cargo to the International Space Station and "you have to be physically fit" to endure the journey, as well as there being "issues of radiation coming from the sun."

Listen to the full interview above