Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Musk's SpaceX Plans to Send Two Private Citizens to Moon in 2018

How SpaceX Reinvented the Rocket Launch Industry Elon Musk Set to Reveal A Breaking SpaceX Announcement
Mike Hodges | 28 February, 2017, 00:14

The news is the second major moon mission in the news this month, after NASA said it is considering accelerating plans to fly humans around the moon forward into 2019, a decision prompted by the Trump administration.

According to Musk, two private citizens - whose identities aren't public yet - want to pay SpaceX to send them from Earth, around the moon and bring them back home aboard a crewed Dragon spacecraft and Falcon Heavy rocket. Musk said the trip should last roughly a week.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teased a company announcement in the way he appears to be most comfortable: social media. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. "We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon ...[and these passengers] are very serious about it. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow", SpaceX said in a statement. SpaceX will begin holding health and fitness tests later this year.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at an event in Hawthorne California
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at an event in Hawthorne California

The first crewed Falcon Heavy trip will be for NASA to the International Space Station, a journey set for May 2018.

SpaceX's target date for the first official crewed mission is supposed to take place in 2018. The first mission will not have people on board. 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.

NASA has contracted SpaceX to carry out roughly four missions with Dragon 2 per year, the majority of which will be taking cargo up.

Aguero backed ahead of Monaco visit
Monaco came into this game with 108 goals in all competitions this season, including 76 in 26 games in their domestic league. Aguero gave them even more to shout about when he got on the end of Sterling slip pass and fired low at the front post.

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