Elon Musk Reveals the First Space Tourist
Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX has revealed who will be the first private passenger who will get a chance to fly around the Moon. The first space tourist will be Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaky Maezawa, who announced: “I choose to go to the Moon.” The mission is planned for 2023 and will be the first lunar journey since 1972.
Japanese billionaire, Mr. Maezawa made headlines last year after he paid $110.5 million for a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat at an auction in New York. Yusaky Maezawa said that he plans to invite between six and eight artists to join him on the trip around the moon. He told reporters:
“They will be asked to create something after they return to Earth. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us.”
However, the trip is planned on a rocket that has not been built yet, and Elon Musk said:
“It’s not 100% certain we can bring this to flight.”
The trip was planned on the Big Falcon Rocket, a launch system which was unveiled by Elon Musk in 2016. Musk said that the rocket will present “an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space”. The announcement was made at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Japanese Rover Sent Photos from Asteroid
Japan’s Space Agency (JAXA) made history by landing two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid. Two small rovers will move around the asteroid within 1km. Since an asteroid has low gravity, this means that it can hop across, capturing images and temperature on the surface of the space rock.
“Both rovers are in good condition,” Japan’s Space Agency confirmed. They also tweeted about this historic event, stating:
“We are sorry we have kept you waiting! MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, 1a & 1b. Both rovers are confirmed to have landed on the surface of Ryugu. They are in good condition and have transmitted photos & data. We also confirmed they are moving on the surface.”
JAXA also tweeted pictures from the rovers, taken from the asteroid which reached Earth via the spaceship Hayabusa-2.
“This is a picture from MINERVA-II1. The color photo was captured by Rover-1A on September 21 around 13:08 JST, immediately after separation from the spacecraft. Hayabusa2 is top and Ryugu’s surface is below. The image is blurred because the rover is spinning.”
After a three-and-a-half year journey, Hayabusa-2 reached the asteroid Ryugu in June this year.
The European Space Agency previously managed to land on an icy comet, however, this is the first spacecraft to place rovers on the surface of an asteroid. Asteroids are leftover building materials made from the formation of the Solar System. The mission from JAXA could shed some light on the evolution and origin of our own planet and the Solar System.
Marijuana Use Among Pregnant Women is Rising
A great number of states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana. Also, women who are pregnant or who are breastfeeding are using the drug in increasing numbers. A JAMA study described the survey results of almost 280 000 pregnant women in Northern California where medical marijuana was legalized back in 1996. The study from 2009 showed that 4% of pregnant women used marijuana.
Some of those numbers could be explained by women using marijuana for morning sickness. A study published in August this year found that women who suffer from severe nausea and vomiting are 3.8 times more likely to use marijuana than those without morning sickness. Ingredients in marijuana can make their way to fetuses by going through the placenta during pregnancy or by entering breast milk after the baby was born.
Needless to say, marijuana has a negative impact on babies from lower birth weight to needing the neonatal intensive care unit. It’s hard to study the impact that drugs might have on babies due to ethical reasons. This leaves scientists to study only women who have already been using marijuana while pregnant. However, this makes it hard for scientists to realize what has the main impact on babies and mothers is since other factors like income might have their own impact.