SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced plans today to send two private citizens—not NASA astronauts—around the moon next year. The two customers, so far unnamed, have already put down a “significant deposit” and will begin training for the trip toward the end of this year, he said at a press conference. Musk, whom The Verge notes is somewhat “well known for unrealistic deadlines”—he promised in 2011 to put people in space by 2014—has said the trip will entail about a weeklong flight aboard an automated vehicle. SpaceX plans to launch an uncrewed mission and then a NASA-crewed mission before the commercial flight, which the company has slated for the end of 2018.
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