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.”