2 adrenalin junkies are in for a thrill, and will be paying tech company “SpaceX” to take them for a ride around the moon in 2018.
The 2 space tourists have already paid a hearty deposit for the journey, announced by Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX. However, it’s not as easy as just paying, and jetting off into space, the 2 will need to undergo fitness tests, and will initiate a training programme later on this year.
"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," said SpaceX.
The missions will be launched from the same pad that was used for the Apollo missions, situated close to Cape Carneval in Florida.
Since the last Apollo mission, back in 1972, there have been no humans who have travelled further than the “Low Earth Orbit”. The Low-Earth-Orbit is basically the initial step out into space, a place popular to many orbiting satellites.
SpaceX expects many more of these moon trips in the near future.
They say that they have received interests from many other people who have expressed strong interests in travelling to the moon. Names of our 2 Moonies are yet to be released, and are sure to be paying a few millions for this wild adventure into space.
In the past, space tourists are known to have forked out as much as $20million to the Russian government, just to go to the International Space Station, and NASA having paid as much as $80million for a single seat to send up their astronauts.
SpaceX has yet to disclose the price of the 7 day trip to our closest rock.
SpaceX will be using a rocket and spaceship known as the Crew Dragon spacecraft & Falcon Heavy rocket that they have not used as yet, and have put in a strict deadline for the project. Test flights are The Falcon Heavy rocket is predicted to commence in winter this year. The spacecraft responsible for carrying the 2 tourists is expected to complete a “demo mission” by the end of 2017