The management of American Space Company SpaceX plans to make the first tourist flight around the Moon in 2018. This was reported on the official site of the company
It is reported that two tourists will take part in the flight.
“We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow,” the message says.
There will be no landing on the Moon in the frameworks of the flight, according to the company.
“Later this year, as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, we will launch our Crew Dragon (Dragon Version 2) spacecraft to the International Space Station. This first demonstration mission will be in automatic mode, without people on board. A subsequent mission with crew is expected to fly in the second quarter of 2018. In addition, this will make use of the Falcon Heavy rocket, which was developed with internal SpaceX funding. Falcon Heavy is due to launch its first test flight this summer and, once successful, will be the most powerful vehicle to reach orbit after the Saturn V moon rocket,” according to the message.
Earlier it was reported that NASA revealed seven Earth-size planets, three of them possibly habitable. One of the planets has size and temperature similar to Earth.