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SpaceX to perform a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo missions
Billionaire innovator Elon Musk-led SpaceX aims to perform a feat that hasn’t been attempted even by government-run space agency NASA since its Apollo missions nearly half a century ago.
Mr. Musk, the private-sector space firm’s founder and chief executive officer, announced recently that his company would fly two paying passengers on a trip around the Moon by the end of year 2018.
However, Musk did not identify the two paying passengers or the price for the trip. He just said that the duo already deposited a “significant” amount of money and is very serious about the trip.
Musk also admitted that the highly-ambitious SpaceX moonshot won’t be totally risk-free.
Musk told reporters, “I think they are entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here. They’re certainly not naive, and we'll do everything we can to minimize that risk, but it's not zero. But they're coming into this with their eyes open.”
If the mission goes as planned, the two paying passengers will make a long loop around Earth’s only natural satellite, skimming its surface and then going well beyond, up to 400,000 miles distance altogether, before returning to Earth.