CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX says it will fly two people to the moon next year.
Company chief Elon Musk announced the surprising news Monday.READ MORE: UPDATE: 2 Dead, 7 Injured, 1 Arrest In Suspected DUI Crash In Pittsburg
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.READ MORE: Human Remains Found Near Kebet Ridge Rd. In Unincorporated San Mateo County
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.
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.MORE NEWS: 'Prayers Are Not Enough': V.P. Harris Demands Answers In Death Of Minneapolis Man Killed By Officer
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