(TIML SCIENCE) At a press conference today, prospective fallout shelter owner Elon Musk told reporters that SpaceX, Musk’s solar space travel company, will be sending a pair of paying passengers around the Moon next year. The unnamed pair reportedly paid a “significant deposit” for the trip, which will be conducted using SpaceX’s existing launch vehicles and spacecraft.
The trip will mark a new milestone for paid space travel. Although paid passengers have been into space before, it’s normally either a short, peripheral flight, or piggybacking on a larger operation. Sending a spacecraft around the Moon would be a recent landmark for space travel if it was done by NASA; the fact that a pair of presumably inexperienced, paying customers are going to be the next to see the dark side of the Moon is a genuine game-changer.
“This is a really thing that’s happened,” Musk told reporters. “We’ve been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon …[and these passengers] are very serious about it. We plan to do that probably Dragon 2 spacecraft with the Falcon Heavy rocket.” Would you guys go if you hade the cash to burn? sound off below!!!