Next year, SpaceX, led by the visionary Elon Musk, will write a new chapter in history by flying two people around the moon.
Different from Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 17 mission where he walked on the surface of the moon, SpaceX will provide the two passengers with an aerial tour of the moon and the very necessary return to Earth, but not before getting close to the lunar surface. The first trip will take about a week and would involve a trip of 480,000 to 640,000 kilometres.
The paying space travellers will be prepared by several health and fitness tests and will begin their initial training later this year. The company stated 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. And a whacking profit for the company, we assume: SpaceX has confirmed that the two passengers have paid a huge deposit for the lunar trip. However, it hasn’t revealed the price for the travellers or for the astronauts.
The launch will take place at the Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A with its launch pad the same as was used by NASA for its Apollo missions. Meanwhile, the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is equipped with an autonomous system that can be monitored and controlled by SpaceX mission specialists on the ground.