Space X's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from a space launch complex at Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 2015
Billionaire and inventor Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, yesterday announced that two private citizens have paid to go on the trip around the moon.
SpaceX said: “This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them.”
When is the SpaceX moon mission?
The moon mission with the space tourists on board the Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018.
Later this year the spacecraft will carry out a test flight in ‘automatic mode’ without anyone on board.
The two space tourist have already a deposit to do the moon mission. Health and fitness tests and initial training will begin later this year.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced plans for the moon trip
Who is going on the trip around the moon?
Mr Musk has not revealed the identities of the two space tourists who have paid to go on the historic moon mission.
But he confirmed that the two private citizens know each other, adding "it's nobody from Hollywood".
Mr Musk said the customers are “very serious” about the flight and “their eyes open” about the dangers of going into space.
He added: “We’re doing everything we can to minimise that risk, but it’s not zero. We would expect to do more than one mission of this nature.”
1969: Man takes first steps on the moon
Mon, July 20, 2015
July 20 is the 46th anniversary of the first moon landing. More than a half billion people watched the televised first moonwalk where Neil Armstrong uttered the now-famous words," That is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
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Astronaut Edwin E Aldrin Jr Poses For A Photograph Beside The Deployed Flag Of The United States
SpaceX said: "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.”
Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon during the ground-breaking Apollo 11 mission in 1969.