Future Mars emperor Elon Musk announced Monday that SpaceX has selected two private citizens for a trip to circumnavigate the moon. This trip around the moon will be non-metaphorical in nature. They seriously bought tickets for a moon vacation as though the world is some kind of science-fiction film.
The pair paying for the privilege are expected to fly in SpaceX's Dragon 2 spacecraft, powered by the still-in-design Falcon Heavy rocket, one of the most powerful rockets ever built. SpaceX isn't disclosing the names of the dynamic duo taking the trip but say they've made a "significant deposit." Their identities won't be disclosed until after they've undergone health tests.
“This is a really exciting thing that’s happened,” Musk said. “We’ve been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon... [these passengers] are very serious about it.”
He disclosed that the 300,000-to-400,000-mile trip will last about a week, with passengers undergoing training later this year. It's not clear whether the passengers have any flying experience, but they're about to get a bit while making history.