SpaceX Offers Cruize Around The Moon

Not sure what the price of the ticket is, but considering the implication, does price really matter?

No one has been to the moon in over forty years. A lot of people don’t even believe anyone has even been there at all.

NASA is currently studying the possibility of sending two people around the moon next year, well before they have planned.

Check out the Trip to the Moon Podcast for more on that.

Coincidently, one business day after NASA announced the plan to look at sending two people around the moon in 2018, Elon Musk announces the plan to send two tourists around the moon.

He said they approached SpaceX about the trip. The objective would be to take a cruise around the surface of the moon, without stopping. Not much to do there anyways.

They will use the moon’s gravity to turn them around and come back to Earth.

Who would bankroll such a trip? Who could? Is it even possible?

Lets first look at the possibility. SpaceX has been launching it’s Falcon 9 rocket since June 4th, 2010.

But this trip would not be on the Falcon 9 rocket. It would be on the Falcon Heavy rocket. When this beast of a rocket lifts off this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket on the planet.

It will be able to launch into orbit over 54 metric tons of cargo. That’s the equivalent of a 747 loaded with passengers, lugage, and fuel.

It’s first stage is made up of three Falcon 9 engines, with 27 Merlin engines, generating a total of 5 million pounds of thrust.

The cost of the rocket itself is $90 million.

Although they have yet to ever take a crew off the ground, and the Falcon Heavy is five years behind schedule, technically, SpaceX can pull this off.

Nobody has left low Earth orbit since the 1972 Apollo mission to the Moon.

The space travelers have requested to stay anonymous for now, Mr. Musk only saying they know each other.

Well, Sir Richard Branson and Barack Obama know each other, but hey, just trying to start a rumour.

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