“A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I’m way up here
It’s crystal clear
That now I’m in a whole new world with you”
The year is 2060, and your partner wakes you up with this song (because it is a Disney classic and hence timeless). As you hop out of bed wondering what the occasion is, you are handed a pair of tickets to Mars, for your upcoming vacation. You cannot really believe that this is really happening, because… you clearly remember saying you wanted to go to the moon for this trip. Thankfully, the tickets on the travel website are refundable.
The words above might sound like a child’s science fiction standing today, but the future where all this is as real as Global Warming is not too far away. When it is about going that extra mile and challenging what falls under the consideration of human sanity in general, America has never shied away from pushing the boundaries. From calories to Capitalism, this one country is always on “go big or go home” mode. So, when the news came that both Elon Musk and Richard Branson’s companies are trying to commercialize space travel, let’s just say, people were least surprised.
SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle—an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17. pic.twitter.com/64z4rygYhk
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 14, 2018
And now apparently, Space X, Elon Musk’s rocket company has signed up its first passenger for a trip around the moon. The person’s identity that is still kept hidden will supposedly be revealed soon, according to a tweet sent out by the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. For those who are not familiar with the name of Musk, he is that scientist that sent his sports car to space just because he could and got high during a radio interview only to become last week’s viral meme face. Also the CEO of Tesla, the best way to describe this unconventional human is that he is the Phunsukh Wangde on steroids. It is kind of an expected move from him then, to actually go to the extent of realizing the dream of Space tourism.
So, fifty years from now, maybe that rich aunt who lives in some part of Europe and brings exotic chocolates back home when she visits will end up gifting you a trip to the outer space on your wedding day, or maybe just like Simran wanting to go to Europe for some soul searching in DDLJ, you will end up saving up enough money (maybe through selling away all your family’s property, and even your neighbor’s) to explore your inner self while zooming past the meteors.