SpaceX Flying 2 Space Tourists Around the Moon Next Year


A SpaceX Falcon9 rocket blasts off Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 from the Kennedy Space Center. Pad39A was the launch site of a rocket that carried the first U.S. astronauts to the moon. It was also the site of the last space shuttle mission in 2011. (Red Huber/O

SpaceX is getting into the tourism travel business.  SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced two tourists are paying for a trip around the moon next year.  He said the tourists have already placed significant deposits for their trip with a crew.  Their names were not released.  The company said the Space flight will take place late in 2018, after a crew aboard a NASA Dragon Two craft is sent to the International Space Station.  

Musk said the private mission would travel between 300,000 and 400,000 miles and would take about a week to complete the long loop around the moon and return to Earth. 

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