Tuesday, 28 February 2017

SpaceX plans to fly people around the moon

A peek into the interior of SpaceX's Crew Dragon
A peek into the interior of SpaceX's Crew Dragon(Credit: SpaceX)


When it comes to SpaceX sending people into space within the near future, we generally think of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft taking astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). In an announcement made this Monday, however, it was revealed that SpaceX plans to fly a couple of paying customers around the moon late next year.
According to the company, the two private individuals have already paid a "significant deposit" for the mission. Before they're allowed to go up, however, they'll have to pass health and fitness tests, plus they will have to complete a period of training which will begin later this year.
The mission is being made possible by NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which provided development funding for the Crew Dragon. That spacecraft will be launched into orbit via SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, which will lift off from Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral.
(culled from NewAtlas)



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