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SpaceX to send citizens beyond moon in 2018

SpaceX to send citizens beyond moon in 2018

Two people paid SpaceX to go on the mission, SpaceX top executive Elon Musk said. This moon mission would follow about six months later, using a Dragon crew capsule and a Falcon heavy rocket.

That was the site of the last shuttle mission, which sent astronauts into space from Florida.

Most importantly, we would like to thank NASA, without whom this would not be possible. While the voyagers' names have not been disclosed, according to SpaceX, a "significant deposit" has already been made.

The mission would "do a long loop around the moon" and would take about a week.

"It's a pretty big mouthful to take two private citizens to orbit the moon", said Marco Caceres, a senior space analyst with Teal Group, an aerospace and defense market researcher. They will begin initial training for the trip later this year.

The first crewed Falcon Heavy trip will be for NASA to the International Space Station, a journey set for May 2018.

If NASA decides they want to do the first lunar mission, NASA would have priority. A subsequent mission with crew is expected to fly in the second quarter of 2018. SpaceX has had extraordinary success and failure in the a year ago.

Once the Dragon crew missions get underway, SpaceX will launch the private moon mission later in the year.

SpaceX said Dragon spacecraft has been created to carry humans from the beginning.

To complete the mission, the company will have to invest in deep space communication technology, which will also be important for the company's planned trips to Mars.

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