TechTuesday – SpaceX Moon Excursion 


Happy TechTuesday ya filthy animals, and welcome back to The Center of Gravity. Please make sure your tray tables are in their upright and locked position and get ready for something interesting. 

Elon Musk’s venture SpaceX has just announced they will be sending two tourists on a trip around the moon. This seems relatively ambitious considering the time table they have committed to ( 2018 ) as well as the fact that Musk has a bit of an issue making deadlines he sets for his companies performance. Regardless, the trip is going to be immensely expensive ( ~the ballpark of $130m) and clearly for some ultra-wealthy pair looking for an out of this world experience. 

I can foresee this type of odyssey becoming extremely popular in the near future, as Russian Soyuz rockets have already taken tourists to the ISS (albeit at a hefty price tag of millions of dollars.) It will be interesting to see if society shows a greater interest in Low-Earth orbit or for potentially longer ( and more dangerous) treks to the moon and beyond. The big question comes down to who can afford such a journey initially. 

Until the cost of admission is something within an acceptable zone, this journey will be exclusively for the Uber Elite. In my opinion, until they are able to increase the number of paying passengers to ~100/ trip, even those in the upper echelons of America will have trouble footing such a bill. The advent of the reusable rocket booster ( also developed by SpaceX and Musk) was a watershed moment for fledgling industry as a whole. 
Please let me know what you think of SpaceX or Musk so we can talk more about this exciting progress into commercial space travel! 
-Nick

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The Center of Gravity w/ Nick

Welcome to The Center of Gravity!

I’ll be your host for the evening, and yes we could experience some turbulence as we hurdle headlong through infinity at an unthinkable velocity.

Everyday, we are presented with vastly differing opinions, viewpoints, and stances on a gamut of issues affecting each and every one of our lives. Although we may feel deeply rooted in our belief systems for a multitude of reasons, we must learn as a collective that the purest truth is most commonly found in the shades of grey encompassing the middle ground, which is typically no-mans land in todays sociopolitical climate.

It is my firm belief that by hanging up our swords and shields at the door of dialogue we can slowly erode the walls of ignorance. One thing that I keep in mind when speaking to or debating those with conflicting viewpoints is that everyone experiences a completely unique set of circumstances that brought them to where they are today. We find little benefit overall in reducing our communication to simple insults and slights. There is so much to gain when we take the time to respect our fellow man enough to hear their concerns with open minds instead of daggers and arrows.

My goal is to never shut down someone simply for their point of view, but to first tease out how they crystallized their volitions in the first place.  You cannot build from the ramparts, it starts in the ground with every last piece of brick, mortar, and soil that encompasses the foundation. The roots of our lives run deep into the dirt, which is where you’ll find the origins of our fear that manifests as irrationality. This is where we will begin.

Today is the first day of the weekly roundup, aptly titled “Mojo-Monday.”  l’d briefly talk about a topic relating to something I find inspirational and open things up for discussion and comments. The list below breaks down each day and the associated topics that could potentially be covered.

  • MojoMonday – Inspiration/Creativity to stoke the week
  • TechTuesday – Mind bending research and other science/tech
  • WildWednesday – Action, Sports, and Events
  • ThoughtfulThursday – Acts of kindness/Good deeds
  • FreshFriday – Startup chatter & Think-tank

In the near future I’ll be live on Periscope talking about the topic of the day, fielding questions, and fending off the trolls. I’ll also be answering questions that are emailed or DMed to me via Twitter so feel free to throw in something relevant to the topic (or not). Thank you for taking the time to visit, and I hope you will stop by again.

-Nick

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