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SpaceX plans 2018 tourist flight around the moon

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 01:01

CEO Elon Musk says SpaceX plans to fly two private citizens around the moon next year. Jonah Green reports.

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A literal moonshot from SpaceX. CEO Elon Musk says SpaceX plans to fly two private citizens around the moon next year using a spaceship under development for NASA astronauts and a heavy-lift rocket that has not yet flown. The two paying customers unsurprisingly plunking down "a significant deposit" to do the moon mission. In a statement Monday SpaceX saying that "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." Training begins later this year. It would be the first-ever privately funded tourist flight beyond the International Space Station. We don't yet know how much it will cost or who will go. CEO Musk would only elaborate that it was "nobody from Hollywood." The company calling the mission an "important milestone" as SpaceX work towards its ultimate goal of transporting humans to Mars.

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SpaceX plans 2018 tourist flight around the moon

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 01:01