SpaceX plans to send two people around the Moon

SpaceX plans to send crewed mission beyond moon in 2018

Elon Musk announced Monday that his private space transportation company SpaceX will send two private citizens to the moon in late 2018. Two people paid SpaceX to go on the mission, SpaceX top executive Elon Musk said. The Falcon Heavy rocket hasn't even performed a test flight, but both of these steps should be completed before the lunar orbit mission.

Most importantly, we would like to thank NASA, without whom this would not be possible.

The trip will use SpaceX's Dragon capsules, which the company says were "designed from the beginning to carry humans". "We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon.[and these passengers] are very serious about it".

But Musk says that won't keep him from sending the private citizens on the around-the-moon trip next year.

Otherwise known as the Crew Dragon, it's SpaceX's contribution to NASA's Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX has had extraordinary success and failure in the a year ago.

"NASA always has first priority, so if NASA decides to have the first mission of this nature be a NASA mission", Musk said. The manned mission is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018.

That launch was the first SpaceX Florida flight since one of its rockets exploded last summer. The Crew Dragon (Dragon Version 2) will make its first flight without crew to the International Space Station this year as well, the company said.

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