This privately funded expedition would be taking place once SpaceX commences flying crew to the International Space Station for NASA.

Tourists to fly around the moon in 2018

Talking to reporters on a conference call, Chief Executive of SpaceX, Elon Musk informed the reporters about first privately funded tourist journey around moon by late 2018.

The passengers traveling would be using a spaceship, currently developing for NASA astronauts and yet to be flown heavy-lift rocket.

Elon Musk refused to name the tourists who would be flying and also declined to tell the amount the tourists would be paying for this journey. However, he did confirm that none would be from Hollywood. The tourists’ identities which are kept secret, are known to each other and are undergoing extensive training for the mission.

Musk said, “I think there’s a market for one or two of these per year.” He also estimated that the revenue generated by space tourist could be upto 12 per cent.

The tourists would be flying 480,000 to 640,000 km from Earth, passing the moon and again entering the Earth’s gravitational pull which would pull the spaceship back into the atmosphere of the earth providing for the parachute landing. This trajectory is similar to Apollo 8 mission conducted by NASA IN 1968.

SOURCES-

  1. REUTERS- http://in.reuters.com/article/us-space-spacex-tourists-idINKBN1662HJ
  2. INDIA TODAY-http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/spacex-first-paying-tourists-around-moon-next-year/1/893043.html

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