SpaceX Plans To Send Tourists Around The Moon Next Year

SpaceX has introduced that it plans to take two vacationers on a flight across the Moon in 2018.

CEO Elon Musk introduced on Monday that two individuals had paid for the primary non-public manned mission across the moon and they’ll start coaching for the journey in a while within the 12 months.

“We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year,” SpaceX mentioned “They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission.”

“We’ve been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the moon from some private individuals… they’re very serious about it. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year. That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer,” he mentioned.

He added that 2018 will probably be a “big year” for taking individuals to the International Space Station and even past.

Musk mentioned that the journey will in all probability take a couple of week and that its course can be throughout the Moon’s floor after which into deep area earlier than returning to Earth.

“Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” mentioned SpaceX in a submit on its web site.