Fly Me To The Moon…
Two people approached SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, and asked if he could fly them to the moon … and he said yes!
The space tourists would orbit the moon but not land on it and there would be no accompanying astronaut on board — they’d be flying on autopilot (yikes). The rocket they’d be flying on hasn’t been tested yet either (double yikes).
The two future space travelers haven’t been identified yet (we don’t even know if they’re male or female). But we do know they’re not astronauts so they’ll have to pass a bunch of health and fitness tests as well as go through training. We also know they paid a lot of money to make it happen. One estimate is around $70 million.
Mr. Musk said in a statement on his website that “these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration.”
The trip is expected to take place late next year (2018) and would last a week.
There have actually been a handful of tourists in space , mainly to the International Space Station which is 249 miles (400 km) from Earth. This flight would be deeper into space than any human, including astronauts, has gone before. Apollo 13 ‘s crew has the current distance record with a swing around the moon at 248,655 mi (400,171 km). And that almost ended in disaster.
The SpaceX mission would be just a little farther. And if this mission goes, it will be the first time in 45 years that we have sent someone back to the moon.