SpaceX Announces Plan To Send Two People Around The Moon In 2018

Two people will be sent around the Moon aboard the Dragon 2 spacecraft next year, says SpaceX. The space company has announced a moon journey that'll take about one week to complete. SpaceX will utilize its Falcon Heavy rocket, which is lifting off for the first time this summer.

If everything goes according to plan, the lunar trip will occur in the second quarter of 2018.

The passengers involved are "very serious" about the trip, already know each other, and have paid a "significant deposit," says CEO Elon Musk.

In total, the trip will be about 300,000 to 400,000 miles, with the Dragon 2 skimming by the moon. As the Dragon 2 is automated, basically all of the trip should be carried out autonomously.

The first uncrewed Dragon 2 trip to the ISS should occur this year and a NASA crew mission may occur about six months later.

SpaceX says there are other teams interested in going to space as well, so this moon trip isn't going to be the only one.