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SpaceX plans to shoot tourists around the moonSpaceX CEO Elon Musk is sending two paying customers on a flight around the moon in late 2018.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is sending two paying customers on a flight around the moon in late 2018. But they won't exactly be Neil Armstrong, because they aren't going to set foot on the lunar surface. His plan is to send the two private citizens on the Crew Dragon spacecraft. It will launch from earth with a falcon heavy rocket. The launch will take place along the same path as Apollo 8 and from the same launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center, almost 50 years later. Musk compared the two mystery citizens to the Apollo astronauts. Before they launch the unnamed space tourists will go through some initial health and fitness test and then their training will begin later this year. Their names have yet to be disclosed but they have already put down a quote, significant deposit. We don't know how much they paid or how much the overall cost of the trip will be. And Musk also said that this will be the first but probably not the last time that SpaceX will send regular people into space. Others have already shown interest in the proposal. Recently, SpaceX has had a few setbacks, including trouble docking at the International Space Station, and the September 2016 rocket explosion on a launchpad. Hopefully, with space tourists Houston won't have a problem.