CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX says it will fly two people to the moon next year.READ MORE: State Fair Of Texas Welcomed 2.2M Visitors During 24-Day Run
Company chief Elon Musk announced the surprising news Monday.READ MORE: Tarrant County Wants Voters' Approval To Spend $400M For Roads
Two people who know one another approached the company about sending them on a weeklong flight just beyond the moon. Musk won’t identify the pair or the price tag. He says they’ve already paid a “significant” deposit.
Musk says SpaceX is on track to launch astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA in mid-2018. This moon mission would follow about six months later, using a Dragon crew capsule and a Falcon heavy rocket.MORE NEWS: New Study Shows Receiving Different COVID-19 Vaccines Can Rev Up Immune Response
Musk says the moon mission is designed to be autonomous — unless something goes wrong. SpaceX says the passengers would fly to the moon, but won’t land on it.