In case you haven't noticed, there's been a lot of "space-related" news in my high octane speculations this past week, and today is no different. Mr. P.K. and many others shared this story, which I find intriguing for a number of reasons, not the least being my recent two part blog earlier this week about BREXIT, Commonwealth revivification, and the United Kingdom's plans to build a space port to test health effects of low or zero gravity (at least, that was the cover story, though after years of the operation of the International Space station, many of these effects are already known).

But there's another aspect to this emerging "project," for that's what we have to call it, and that is this story:

SpaceX to fly two tourists around Moon in 2018

Note the opening paragraphs:

US private rocket company SpaceX has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the Moon.

The mission is planned for late 2018, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said, adding that the tourists "have already paid a significant deposit".

"This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years," he said.

The two unnamed people will fly aboard a spaceship which is set for its first unmanned test flight later this year.

Mr Musk said the co-operation of America's Nasa space agency had made the plan possible.

He said the two passengers "will travel faster and further into the solar system than any before them".

Mr Musk declined to reveal their identities, only saying that they knew each other and that "it's nobody from Hollywood".

As the BBC observes later in the article, this is an aggressive schedule.

But the purpose is not, to be sure, simply to provide a stunt. This is a crucial test of the viability of the commercialization of space and of private companies to provide safe transportation of humans, and to minimize risk. Even should the plan fail - and we certainly hope not as lives are at stake - there will be another attempt, and another, until the process and technology are made secure.

OK... that much is obvious. But where's the high octane (or in this case, truly orbital and interplanetary) speculation here? I strongly suspect that there is much more going on  - in between the lines - here than meets the eye. Mr. Musk is, of course, from South Africa, which has in its turn strong ties to Great Britain and indeed to the British Commonwealth. And as I've argued previously this week, Britain's plans to revivify the Commonwealth, including even "associate membership" for the USA, needs a project, and as I argued, the UK's space plans are ambitious; space is Britain's Commonwealth project.

And we have the same players, more or less, limned out here: the USA, in the form of NASA's cooperation with Mr. Musk's orbit-humans-around-the-Moon project, Mr. Musk, private businessman from South Africa.

It will be interesting, in other words, to see what country or countries Mr. Musks lunar passengers are from.  The United Kingdom, anyone?

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. DanaThomas on March 21, 2017 at 4:49 am

    E. Musk says that the future of man is to merge with machines. So why doesn’t he try this personally, like bold researchers of old, and “merge” with his spaceship as a Dune-like “navigator”?

  2. marcos toledo on March 9, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    It’s the old policy of the dog and pony show translation we the public will for the uber-rich to fly into space around the Moon. While us peasants just stare up in aw paying for the filthy rich to enjoy their elaborate and expensive joyride.

  3. goshawks on March 9, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Musk has been aggressive in his spaceshots, often reaching-for two or three goals beyond the mission specs. If they didn’t work, that was credible-data for the next try. I really admire his reusable-booster ‘tack-on’ program. You don’t see anybody else taking ‘unneeded’ risks…

    All that being said, it is likely that Musk has deep-state connections. So, he is in the middle of the fight between the keep-it-expensive deep-state players (keeps it out of the hands of the rabble) and the push-to-the-stars deep-state players. I suspect that a couple of Musk’s launch failures were likely ‘sabotage’, resulting-from this playing-field.

    The ‘good’ thing about a private launch of public-o-nauts around the Moon is that they are Expendable. If a nation lost Astronauts/Cosmonauts/Taikonauts, there would be all kinds of political knock-on effects. Half the viewers of a loss of public-o-nauts would simply say “served ’em right” and walk away. Thus, it is a way to form advanced-capabilities in a hurry, without the political risks…

    • Kahlypso on March 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Musk always sets impossible goals, he doesnt care if they fail, just that the goals were set that high and he (and by consequence Space X) tried anyway.
      With the logic that it motivates people to try their hardest.
      He’ll also apply the pricing principle for his Tesla cars.
      High End Power Beast Car for the Ultra Rich… proceeds from these sales pay for ….. Middle End for the Silly amounts of money People … proceeds from these sales pay for … Flying Trashbins for the Masses. (that’s me being cynical..I’m sure they’ll be very save and no one will die. Remember. EXHALE all the air in your lungs. We’re good for about 15 seconds before we lose consciousness, then they’ve got 2 minutes to get you re-compressurised. Before any permenant damage.. after that..
      Lets hope competition between Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson don’t fall into petty sabotage for profits and market gain…

  4. LGL on March 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I’m posting this here for expediency.

    Italian Archbishop Suggests Pope Benedict XVI Resigned Under Obama ‘Pressure’

    An Italian archbishop close to Pope Benedict XVI has claimed that the Obama administration may have been complicit in the “tremendous pressures” that led the former pope to resign in 2013.

    It is “no coincidence” that some Catholic groups “have asked President Trump to open a commission of inquiry to investigate whether the administration of Barack Obama exerted pressure on Benedict,” said Archbishop Luigi Negri in an interview Monday, citing other revelations by Wikileaks regarding efforts by the Democratic Party to sway the direction of the Catholic Church in the United States.

    “It remains shrouded in mystery for now,” he said to news outlet Rimini 2.0, “but I am sure that those responsible will be found out.”

  5. Robert Barricklow on March 9, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Christened the space X company as John Company
    The East India Company.

    • Robert Barricklow on March 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Now who are the prostitutes & pimps in this new Commonwealth Project?

  6. Daryl Davis on March 9, 2017 at 10:23 am

    It seems unthinkable that SpaceX would shoot civilians out into space — on a trip around the moon, no less — without having first sent an unmanned vehicle along the same path, as both a proof of concept and of capability. And were such an unmanned mission successfully undertaken, it would be equally unthinkable to have passed around the dark side of the moon without having also utilized the latest photographic lenses to document this epic trip. (Who travels abroad without benefit of a camera?)

    Still less “thinkable” then it would be were civilians permitted to safely travel to and there fully observe the dark side of the moon, snapping tourist photos, selfies, and videos aplenty — perhaps even posting these pics on facebook before having landed back here upon Earth — unless any necessary steps had already been taken to erase traces of lunar bases or to provide our space tourists, and by extension all of us, a doctored view from ships’ portholes, whether by use of human or camera eye.

    For surely this bold foray would represent a very dramatic, even stagey prelude to an actual disclosure, let alone the initiation of an alien false flag attack? (Nor does it seem likely that the raging battle between President Trump and the Deep State could be abated until that date. )

  7. Vomito Blanco on March 9, 2017 at 10:22 am

    If the British Commonwealth is being revived, it seems like the Germans would naturally want to respond by broadening the EU to include Russia. Of course, for the anglosphere policymakers this can’t be allowed so we are back to the same strategies we saw in the 19th and 20th century whereby the two nations were kept apart by any means necessary. What are the means they may be using now aside from coercion against Germany and sanctions and vilification of Russia? Turn Germany into an ideological cesspool of cultural marxism with its anti-Christian/pro-muslim, anti-white/ pro-everything from the southern hemisphere, self-hating social justice snowflake culture versus Russia’s post-post modern traditional culture and I think the divide is great enough to keep these two nations at odds against one another.

    Can the anglosphere actually get Russia and Germany to go to war against one another once again remains to be seen. I bet they are burning the midnight oil in London and DC right now trying to cook up some devious plan to make this happen. Will it involve a couple new guys with funny mustaches? On the German side a return to nationalism and teutonic supremacism could be instigated or we could see Germany go muslim and thereby become so toxic, the Russians would have no recourse but to defend themselves against this scourge. But If I was the CIA station chief in Berlin, I would use the nazi-fascist template but instead would install a militant social justice psychopath, perhaps a charismatic militant lesbian, marching under a pink or rainbow colored banner (instead of red) in Germany. You could still even give her a funny mustache and some kind of squiggly symbol as their emblem, perhaps something lewd.

    This may explain why Germany is being allowed to expand their army. The green light to have a public nuclear arsenal will be next.

    • Robert Barricklow on March 9, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Loved it!

  8. Button on March 9, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I can’t wait to put a moon selfie on my Facebook page and tag a couple of friendly Pleiadian tourists.

  9. WalkingDead on March 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

    He is going to do this with essentially 1960’s technology and chemical rockets? I’m glad I’m not the one going. His track record isn’t that impressive. OR, these two individuals have inside information not available to the rest of us.

  10. Lost on March 9, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Well, let us see:

    Tesla cars don’t work real well in very cold weather for long duration driving. And the promoter Elon Musk went through all sorts of contortions to claim otherwise; deeply embarrassing himself and disclosing all sorts of creepy big brother tracking of Tesla Motor’s cars.

    SpaceX rockets designed to go to the space station sometimes work, sometimes not. Now SpaceX has radically, and successfully sometimes, landed the boosters after use.

    But the space station is the equivalent of a short flight, and it’s a short flight SpaceX has only done with cargo.

    This planned trip around the moon isn’t short in terms of trips on a rocket, and involves a manned/womanned capsule that has not flown on a rocket that has not launched.

    So, like battery powered cars by Tesla Motors and cold long duration use: It’s unlikely to happen.

    (Henry Ford, the man not the car company, and Thomas Edison–well and likely his lab scientists/engineers–demonstrated an electric car with different battery technology than conventional lead acid batteries. It would drive a car for 100 miles in the cold of a Detroit winter; this was 1915. Then “strangely” Edison’s concrete fire proof lab in Menlo Park suffered a massive fire. And the Ford Motor company made sure to use the wrong batteries in further “testing”. Don’t imagine we’ll be seeing anything more than radical marketing from Musk. He’s neither the fictional Tony Stark, nor Howard Huges.)

    • Kahlypso on March 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Musk is (in my eyes) a CIA mole put into place to control the first ‘privately – owned’ (therefore no governement committee over-seeing..) commercial Space Flight companies.. You didnt really think that it was going to go into private hands did you?

      I dont like the Musk-Thiel (blood drinking vampire!!)-Gutenberg unholy trinity..

    • Robert Barricklow on March 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Rockefeller sabotage to monopolize a global petroleum-based economy. I thought he & Edison were in league with the electric kampe tiSH(e)n. They also bought up all the electric cable car/bus systems and let them rot.
      Monopoly is the game.
      Space monopolies is the new frontier to be heavily exploited to infinity & beyond!

      • Robert Barricklow on March 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

        History has no doubt been reframed, redacted and written with doublethink where most profitable to current status-quo shareholders.

        • Lost on March 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm


          GM and Ford purchasing the cable car companies in Los Anglos, St. Louis and Minneapolis and then running them out of business is more a thing from the mid and later 1930s into the 1940s.

          It was allowed to happen partly as a favor to steel and auto companies, and those unions, but it’s also a massive favor to real estate redevelopment. This is a major part of the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

          It’s sort of akin to the Eisenhower administration starting construction on the interstate highway system. That made the land at highway exists much more valuable for speculation. And of course sold cars. (AG tech would vitiate a lot of this. Musk’s SpaceX too.)

          • Robert Barricklow on March 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm

            Mass transportation took a back seat. Monopolies/oligarchies shot waaaaay up to the head of the classes[literally]; following those gilded goosesteps[incorporating government(fascism)to pave the expressway to ungodly profits] like those established by those fraudulent railroad/wallstreet barons.

          • Kahlypso on March 9, 2017 at 6:26 pm

            Or maybe they’re sending Bill and Hill to the moon and dumping them on the far side to finally get rid of them… Or maybe they are meeting up with the Aliens on the far side of the moon, and they’re back packing their way out of the solar system.. They’re really really really rich. They could do it..

  11. basta on March 9, 2017 at 7:04 am

    This one will be interesting to watch, to say the least.
    What are the bookies’ odds this ever happens?

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