Billionaire CEO Elon Musk has announced that his aerospace company SpaceX will send two tourists on a voyage around the moon in 2018. The two unnamed private citizens have reportedly paid a “significant deposit” for the opportunity to have the trip. They are now scheduled to undergo fitness tests and rigorous training regimes in preparation for their private week-long journey on the company’s Dragon spacecraft.
This will be the world's first ever commercial spacecraft. It got its name from the song “Puff, the Magic Dragon” as a response to critics who thought that Musk’s spaceflight ambitions were pure science fiction. The flight will take-off from the same launch pad that the Apollo program used.
In a recent public statement, SpaceX said “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.” Musk himself further added that this trip isn’t planned as a one-off project and will be the first of many steps leading up to SpaceX‘s ultimate goal of sending passengers to Mars by 2033. “Next year is going to be a big year for carrying people to the space station and hopefully beyond,” announced Musk in the conference.
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