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SpaceX’s Starship Moon Mission Cancellation Is A Little Suspicious

Why was the mission cancelled?

Will Lockett
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4 min readJun 5, 2024

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One of Starship’s tantalising possibilities is bringing space travel to the masses. Or, at the very least, the wealthy masses. Because Starship is fully reusable, its price per launch could be as low as $2 million! Combine that with its utterly vast payload capacity and cavernous cargo space, and you could feasibly use Starship as an ultra-fast long-haul flight alternative that can go from New York to Sydney in less than an hour. Tickets for such a price would also cost about the same as a first-class ticket for the same journey on a jumbo jet. If your pockets go a little deeper, you could use Starship as a space hotel that orbits the Earth for several days or even private lunar missions. Well, billionaire Yusaku Maezawa realised this early on, and way back in 2018, he booked a private Starship mission to take him and his artistic friends to the Moon by 2023. As you may have noticed, such a mission didn’t occur last year, and Starship is far from ready to conduct human space flight. Well, Maezawa recently announced that he had cancelled this mission due to these delays. However, I am not convinced this is why Maezawa cancelled. Let me explain.

Maezawa’s mission was known as the dearMoon project. The idea was to take Maezawa and eight artists he invited…

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Will Lockett
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