SpaceX reveals its plans to launch a private mission to the moon

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has revealed its plans to send two private citizens around the moon – the first mission of its kind in more than 45 years.

It’s been over 45 years since humankind last circled – and much less set foot on – the moon, and now Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced the very first mission that will send two private citizens there and back again.
As part of an announcement made yesterday, SpaceX revealed its intent to send two private citizens who have “already paid a significant deposit” for a voyage around the moon.
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If you need some romance to get your heart pumping, there’s a beautiful statement issued by a SpaceX spokesperson, reading 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.”
SpaceX has clarified that it plans to launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station with crew members aboard this year, and a second similar mission will follow in the second quarter in 2018. The second mission, however, will progress onwards to the moon as a milestone along the ultimate goal of transporting humans to Mars.
SpaceX has posted an official announcement, which reads:

“SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission….We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released about the flight teams, contingent upon their approval and confirmation of the health and fitness test results.”

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What are your thoughts? Would you pay to head into space – even for a short journey around the moon – or would the odyssey be a waste of money to you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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