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posted by martyb on Tuesday February 28 2017, @06:57AM   Printer-friendly
from the to-the-moon-and-back dept.

Two paying customers will travel to the "deep space" beyond the Moon. SpaceX will use the Falcon Heavy to deliver an automated Crew Dragon capsule carrying the unnamed customers next year. Falcon Heavy has not flown yet, and is expected to be tested this summer. NASA will use the Crew Dragon capsule to send astronauts to the International Space Station in 2018, after an unmanned test this year.

SpaceX will not reveal the identities of the participants until they complete health and fitness tests:

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. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released about the flight teams, contingent upon their approval and confirmation of the health and fitness test results.

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  • (Score: 2) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Wednesday March 01 2017, @03:47PM (1 child)

    by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Wednesday March 01 2017, @03:47PM (#473343) Journal

    Let me guess, the moon landings were faked too, right?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @05:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 01 2017, @05:29PM (#473405)

    the moon landings were faked too, right?

    Gee, []I don't know, [] what do you think? []

    If thinking is too much right now, assume that "Sure they went. They just look like their DOG DIED in the debriefing interview for [enter_excuse_here], and not because they just fucking LIED to everybody" and see how well this jives with you.