Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SpaceX says it will fly civilians to the moon next year

This is a great push for disclosure in my opinion.  Elon Musk may be forcing the issue of full disclosure by advocating civilians and the general public the opportunity to go to the moon.


by Doug G. Ware Washington (UPI) Feb 27, 2017

Next year, two private citizens are expected to become the first humans in nearly 50 years to fly beyond low Earth orbit and circle the moon, aerospace company SpaceX announced Monday.

SpaceX, which has been helping the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration develop a spate of future missions, said the mission will launch in late 2018 and carry a crew of two civilians on its Dragon 2 spacecraft.

"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," SpaceX said in a news release Monday.

The mission will launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., SpaceX said, and use the same launch pad that propelled the Apollo missions between 1966 and 1972.

"This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space ... and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them," the announcement said.

The company, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Elon Musk, said it expects to start fitness testing and training for the yet-to-be-identified citizens later this year. They will be identified after they have been cleared to fly, SpaceX noted.

"Fly me to the moon ... Ok," Musk tweeted Monday.

Monday's announcement is the latest step toward what's expected to be the triumphant return of humankind to the moon within the next decade. Earlier this month, NASA said it was considering adding astronauts to a lunar mission in late 2018. The project, titled EM-1, was initially conceived and planned only as an unmanned test flight for the agency's Space Launch System rocket and Orion space capsule.

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