We'll see if SpaceX lasts longer than PanAm did.
BUT, I don’t think the people who sign up for this should seriously expect to fly around the moon. That is a very very non-trivial engineering challenge, and the only people who did it were highly trained, had balls of pure cast iron, and frankly accepted the very real possibility of death. I feel that the statements “SpaceX is the real deal and not to be discounted” and “selling tickets to the moon is a PR farce” are compatible.
Because it was a 60s space craft. A modern space craft you get in do nothing, it will fly its plot and land.
Sure there is risk but you highly trained is hardly necessary.
Astronauts are highly-trained, but I haven't seen any evidence they were necessary - they don't do the orbital calculations, and if there was an emergency, Ground Control would solve the problem.
Although the normal procedure was to get navigation instructions from earth by voice and uplink, the Apollo astronauts that flew on lunar missions were trained to navigate without assistance, if that was necessary in an emergency. They could even navigate without assistance from the onboard computer, if that wasn't available, by using charts and a sextant.
Buzz Aldrin had a doctorate in astronautics and helped develop the navigation techniques that were used by NASA at that time.
False. If there was an emergency, it could take several minutes for communication. Multiple responses could take an hour or more. They were highly trained to deal with issues because of this
Their previous plans for a lunar flyby were with a Dragon 2, which would theoretically be possible as early as next year.
Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like on
A-Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me