For over 40 years, no man have stepped back on moon.
Two individuals will make the same steps as Neil Armstrong, SpaceX announced on Monday.
The company SpaceX has been successfully carrying cargo to ISS and landed their rocket back on Earth on multiple occasions. With the help of Boeing, the company has contracted NASA to lift the astronauts to the space station in 2018.
“We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year,” the company announced.
“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.”
They also mentioned that health tests and training can start as soon as this year.
The SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will be used to send the two people to the moon. It still hasn’t flown yet, but the company says that it will pack 2/3 of the thrust of the legendary Saturn V rocket.
“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,” the company said.
SpaceX hasn’t send people to the ISS, but soon they will send their crewless Crew Dragon spacecraft and then send astronauts. The company, founded by Elon Musk, said that the launch of people to the moon will be after these missions are completed.
“Once operational Crew Dragon missions are underway for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the moon and return to Earth,” the company said. “This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them.”
The company launched two rockets successfully in the first two months of the year from the historic launch pad 39A, the one that was used by the Apollo program. However in September last year they experienced catastrophic failure of one of their rockets when it exploded there.