SpaceX to fly two fares around moon

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

LOS AN­GE­LES — SpaceX said Mon­day that it will fly two pri­vate cit­i­zens around the moon in its Crew Dragon space­craft next year.

The Hawthorne, Calif.-based space com­pany said in a state­ment that the two in­di­vid­u­als have “al­ready paid a sig­nif­i­cant de­posit” to do a moon mis­sion. Ini­tial train­ing, along with health and fit­ness tests, will oc­cur later this year, SpaceX said.

“This will be a pri­vate mis­sion to a pay­ing cus­tomer,” said com­pany Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Elon Musk.

Musk de­clined to name the in­di­vid­u­als or the ex­act cost of the mis­sion in a con­fer­ence call with re­porters but did say that the two in­di­vid­u­als know each other.

The cap­sule will launch atop SpaceX’s Fal­con Heavy rocket, which is set to have its first flight this sum­mer. The flight would last about a week, cir­cle the moon and head out deeper into space be­fore re­turn­ing to Earth.

AP/The Repub­li­can/DAVID MOL­NAR

Peo­ple go through the flat­tened re­mains of a barn at J&J Maggs An­tiques in Con­way, Mass., on Sun­day, the day af­ter a storm blew through the town. The storm heav­ily dam­aged sev­eral build­ings, tear­ing off roofs and knock­ing down walls.

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