SpaceX has confirmed plans to send two private citizens around the Moon by 2018. The two passengers approached the company privately and have paid “significant deposits,” according to Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX.
“We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a Moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released about the flight teams, contingent upon their approval and confirmation of the health and fitness test results.”
The names of the two citizens people are unreleased. According to Musk they will begin initial training for the trip later this year. Musk declined to announce the real cost of the mission, though admitted that it would be “comparable” the cost of a crewed mission to the International Space Station.
SpaceX hopes to launch the mission during 2018, aboard the Falcon Heavy, a new “super heavy-lift” rocket system that has been developed with the specific intention to carry humans into space.,
“We will work closely with SpaceX to ensure it safely meets the contractual obligations to return the launch of astronauts to U.S. soil and continue to successfully deliver supplies to the International Space Station.”
The trip is estimated to last approximately one week: first, the rocket will skim the surface of the Moon, then go further out into deep space, and finally will loop back to Earth — reaching a distance of approximately 300,000 to 400,000 miles in total.
“Once operational Crew Dragon missions are underway for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the Moon and return to Earth. Lift-off will be from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral – the same launch pad used by the Apollo program for its lunar missions. This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them.”
This will be the first time in 45 years that humans have gone *near* the moon. SpaceX was careful to note that there will no attempted moon landing. Still, this will be the first time in 45 years that humans will have travelled into deep space. SpaceX claims that these travelers will go further into the solar system than any humans have before.
The Worm Moon of March was sometimes referred to by names associated with other signs of spring. The more northern Native American tribes knew the March full moon as the Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night, or the Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees. Other names include the Chaste Moon and the Death Moon. Christian settlers also called this the Lenten Moon and considered it the last moon of winter.
Full Moon names have been used by many cultures to describe the full moon throughout the year. Specifically, Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon. The unique full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.
In astrology, planets and heavenly bodies are considered as energy beings, affecting the life and states of people on earth. Each planet is associated with a physical, emotional and mental quality. The placement of planets and their distances from earth in this case are important factors in determining the quality and intensity of their influence. The Full Moon symbolizes the mind & emotions and because of its closeness to earth it is one of the most influential heavenly bodies on the life of people on earth.
Full Moon: a time for goals to be signed, sealed, and stamped.
The full moon traditionally symbolizes abundance, harvest, wish-fulfillment, manifesting desires, sexuality, achieving all dreams, and protection. This is the time that our goals and intentions become signed, sealed, and stamped. Note that it is not necessarily delivered. (They may be, but if it is not, do not be discouraged. We still have two weeks to devote to this intentional period. Know that the intention is “out there” in the universe and time is gathering all the circumstances and other people’s intentions and time frame together to make this happen the best way for all concerned.)
FULL MOON in VIRGO
As the Earth rotates, different constellations appear overhead. In the Northern Hemisphere the Full Moon in Virgo happens in the spring (when crops are about to be planted), and the New Moon in Virgo happens in the fall (when crops are beginning to be harvested). In the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are reversed but the symbolism is the same. Virgo (archetypically, the maiden) is about fertility and its changing seasons – in other words, about growth and the change that comes with it.
The Moon today is in a First Quarter phase. This phase occurs roughly 7 days after the New Moon when the earth is one quarter of the way through it’s orbit around the earth. Exactly half the moon will be illuminated and half dark. On the day of the First Quarter phase the moon is high overhead at sunset and is visible until mid-night when it sets in the west. The First Quarter phase is a one day event and in the following days enters a Waxing Gibbous phase becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. http://www.moongiant.com/phase/today/
FIRST QUARTER MOON (“half moon”): Challenges, decisions, action. Taking direct action and managing energy. Building, growth. During the First Quarter Moon, we are met with challenges and obstacles that we have not prepared for.
planting roots, growing and moving forward. This symbolizes a period of strength, determination, concentration, decision-making or re-evaluation, and commitment to action.
During this time, remember to keep soldiering forward, despite any fears, emotions or doubts that might get in your way. Turn around any emotional energy into creative passion so that you can get things done and finish goals.
FIRST QUARTER: March 5, 4:32 am (PST)
FULL MOON: March 12, 07:54 am (PST)
LAST QUARTER: March 20 8:58 am( PST)
NEW MOON: March 28 2:57 am (UTC) = March 27, 7:57 pm (PST)