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SpaceX wants to fly two civilians around the moon

AP

Elon Musk's SpaceX said on Monday that it plans to carry two civilians around the Moon in 2018.

Details:

  • SpaceX says it was "approached" about the flight and that the two planned passengers "have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission."
  • They'll start training later this year.
  • Should all go as planned they will be traveling in the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is set to be tested this year without a crew and the following year with a team from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

What we're watching: Whether Musk sticks to his schedule. Some have raised questions about whether SpaceX can feasibly start putting humans in space next year, as The Verge notes, though Musk has brushed them off.