- Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk announced Monday that SpaceX is planning to send two private citizens around the moon in 2018.
- The two citizens, who have paid a “significant deposit” to participate in the moon mission, will begin training later this year, pending health and fitness tests, according to a statement from SpaceX.
- “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,” the company said.
- The identities of the two space tourists have yet to be released.
- According to the statement, the mission will fly the two
citizens around the moon in a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft in 2018.
- The mission will take about a week and the craft will not land on the surface of the moon, according to NPR. Read more (2/28/17 1:49 PM)