NASA Apollo 11 landed on the moon 50 years ago on the night of July 20, 1969. The historic moon landing was part of the Apollo program, which attracted 400,000 scientists and engineers from around the world. The moon landing was celebrated at the time as the greatest achievement of the 20th century. Half a century later, however, some believe that Apollo teaches how to do it again, but better.
Lembit Öpik, chair of Asgardia's parliament, spoke with Express.co.uk about why he believes that people like Elon Musk can improve NASA's original performance.
According to the Asgard politician, Apollo was a "fast leap to the moon in no time".
He said, "Elon Musk, in my opinion, is very impressive when it comes to making this a more practical proposition." Decade in 1
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"That's all we have left. That's just not efficient.
"You have 6,500 tons of fuel and rocket and send them up with a few tons of wreckage and a museum exhibit. This is not a good economy. "
However, Mr. Musk and SpaceX have developed a completely different approach to space.
With the development of the reusable Falcon 9 booster rocket, the Californian company has proven that rocket launches need not be a zero-sum game.
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Mr. Öpik said, "Elon Musk's Big Falcon rocket is the second largest rocket in history and is based on private companies, and NASA has helped them."
"But it seems to be an effective model, and the reason is that it's likely to become more human-safe, more fuel-efficient, and re-launchable." First person to fly a SpaceX rocket to the moon and back.
The moon-bound rocket launch was scheduled for 2023.