SpaceX Sends Two Private Citizens Around The Moon Next Year
- SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company plans to send two people on a trip around the moon next year. The two private citizens have already paid a deposit and SpaceX expects health and fitness tests along with initial training to take place this year.
But the company has not revealed the travelers' name yet. This mission will be the first time in 45 years humans return to deep space.
According to Elon Musk, the trip will last approximately one week. The passengers will travel beyond the Moon and loop back to Earth, covering a distance of 300,000 to 400,000 miles.
The trip will use SpaceX's Dragon capsules, which were designed from the beginning to carry humans. For starters, an initial Dragon capsule will be sent unmanned to the International Space Station, with a manned mission to follow in Q2 of 2018. These will be part of the four annual missions to the ISS that SpaceX has contracted with NASA to carry out.
Elon Musk told reporters at a press conference;
“This is a really exciting thing that’s happened. We’ve been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon...[and these passengers] are very serious about it. We plan to do that probably [with the] Dragon 2 spacecraft with the Falcon Heavy rocket.”
- source : Tech Crunch