SpaceX to Send Tourists Around the Moon

February 27, 2017
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February 27, 2017 Tim Preuss

SpaceX to Send Tourists Around the Moon

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, has said that they plan on launching tourists into space on a flight that will travel around the moon and then back to Earth. The first of their flights will take place in 2018.

The question everyone is wondering – how much does it cost? – was unfortunately not answered by the company’s founder, Elon Musk. However, Space.com did a little math and figured the cost of each trip to space could cost anywhere from $433 million to $1.3 billion.

SpaceX was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, who made a large part of his fortune by inventing PayPal and founding car company Tesla. Since it’s founding, SpaceX has been the first private company to launch a rocket into orbit (2008); launch, orbit, and recover a space craft (2010); and launch a spacecraft that reached the International Space Station (2012).

The company’s mission is to bring down the cost of space exploration, and eventually colonize Mars. During a teleconference, Musk said, “The goal for SpaceX, from its founding in 2002, has been to accelerate … space exploration, ultimately with the idea of a self-sustaining civilization on Mars and making humanity multiplanetary. So a critical step along the way is getting to know what it’s like to have people in deep space.”

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Tim Preuss

Tim Preuss is the founder and CEO of Preuss Media LLC. Along with writing for PreussPodcast.com, he hosts the Tim Preuss Podcast Monday through Friday, available on iTunes, and regularly interviews prominent personalities within the liberty community.
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