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going to fly two people to the moon and back by 2018.
The ultimate goal: to enable “future human settlement” on the moon.
SpaceX has a pretty active rivalry with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin program, which now says they’re going to start delivering science experiments, human habitats, and other equipment to the moon by summer of 2020. “A permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective. I sense a lot of people are excited about this,” says Bezos, owner of Amazon, Blue Origin, and The Washington Post. “It is time for America to return to the Moon—this time to stay.”
SpaceX, owned by billionaire Tesla owner and tech guru Elon Musk, said that two people who know each other approached SpaceX about sending them on a week-long flight around the moon; he added that the pair paid a “significant” deposit to secure their spots.
"I think they are entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here," Musk told reporters about the pair. “They're certainly not naive, and we'll do everything we can to minimize that risk, but it's not zero. But they're coming into this with their eyes open.” He also said that the two people will receive extensive training before they’re scheduled to fly.
The trip will involve a loop around the moon, a close-by flight over the lunar surface, and then traveling beyond the moon. (The moon itself is about 240,000 miles away.) The craft will not land on the moon; instead, it’ll stay in orbit and then return to Earth.
What Do You Think?
Would you hop on a SpaceX flight to the moon if you could come up with that “significant” deposit for your ticket? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please share them on my Facebook page or on Twitter. But their latest promise is exceptionally interesting: The company says they’re
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