No way, thats cool, We will fly around the Moon in 2018!
Elon Musk: SpaceX is going to launch 2 space tourists to fly around the moon in 2018 private mission
SpaceX plans to launch two paying customers around the moon in late 2018.
The company, founded by Elon Musk, plans to use its new Dragon 2 space capsule and Falcon Heavy rockets to complete the mission. The trip would take about a week and cost more than $300 million.
Musk says he’d give the first mission to NASA instead of private investors if the space agency desires
During a conference call with reporters on Monday, Elon Musk said SpaceX will launch two private investors on a roughly
1-week mission around the moon.
“I hope this gets people really excited about sending people into deep space again,” Musk said.
The two passengers aren’t ready to disclose their identity or other details about their background, Musk said. However, he did say the two prospective space tourists knew each other, were private citizens (though not anyone “from Hollywood”), and were “very serious” about making the trip.
SpaceX plans to launch the mission in the fourth quarter of 2018 aboard the Falcon Heavy — a new “super heavy-lift” rocket system the company hopes to debut in a maiden flight sometime in 2017.
The private moon mission would depart from Launchpad 39A at Cape Canaveral — the same pad Apollo astronauts launched from in the 1960s and 1970s.
From there, Musk said, they will “skim the surface of the moon” in a wide loop, go out past the moon, travel into deep space, and then return to Earth.