How much are SpaceX tourists actually paying to fly around the Moon?
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Two mystery space tourists put down a significant deposit with SpaceX to take a round-trip around the Moon, CEO Elon Musk announced yesterday. Musk didnt say much about the two unidentified passengers, let alone how much money theyre shelling out for their Moon voyage. Turns out, its remarkably difficult to guess the costs of human spaceflight.
Thats because, unsurprisingly, theres a lot that goes into launching someone into space. There are the obvious costs: the spacecraft, the rocket, and the fuel. But then there are the less obvious, just as key, costs: the years and equipment needed to train the astronauts, building and maintaining the launchpad, paying…