Travel Around The Moon With SpaceX!
Can you imagine zipping around space and looking out your window as you fly past the moon in a capsule?
Well, this seemingly impossible and science-fiction like scenario could actually be possible a lot sooner than you think. Hold on to your seat because SpaceX is set to send two citizens around the Moon on a private tour!
In a recent statement made by the company, SpaceX said that it would be sending two citizens for a paid private tour around the Moon, sometime late in the year 2018. This will mark the furthest that any human passengers have ever gone into space on a non-astronomical mission.
This will also be the first journey to the Moon made by The United States after the NASA Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s. SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk said in a statement, “We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year.”
According to Musk, this voyage will be the first opportunity for humans to travel back into deep space and this is the first time in the past 45 years. Humans will also be able to travel there quicker than ever before and also go further than anyone else has ever gone into the solar system.
While the two tourists have not been revealed, Elon Musk said in his statement that the travellers “have already paid a significant deposit”. The two passengers will have to undergo several health tests as well as an in-depth training, which are both set to kick-start sometime in 2017.
Musk said, “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.”
SpaceX’s two space tourists will be travelling on-board the Crew Dragon capsule which belongs to the Californian-based company. The capsule is scheduled to run its first-ever unmanned test flight in the second half of this year. The design of the Crew Dragon follows that of the capsule that is currently being used to ship cargo and supplies to the International Space Station. The upgrades made will allow the capsule to carry passengers as well.
The Crew Dragon capsule will be launched from the top of the Falcon Heavy rocket which belongs to SpaceX. It is set to undertake its initial test flight sometime in summer. Musk explained that the Falcon Heavy rocket would be “the most powerful vehicle to reach orbit after the Saturn V moon rocket”.
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by techtalks @TechTalks May 12, 2017 7:33 AM UTC