SpaceXs Moon flight will be the first truly private ticket to space
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Yesterday, Elon Musk announced a bold new SpaceX mission for 2018, flying two as-yet-unnamed passengers in a full orbit of the Moon. This will be the first entirely private passenger flight thats ever been attempted, without the benefit of broader government support an achievement with new possibilities and new dangers.
People have paid for the privilege of reaching orbit before seven of them, in fact. Musks passengers will be going farther, slingshotting around the Moon, and they wont be tagging along on an existing mission, either.
Of course, Elon Musk didnt invent space tourism, and he isnt proposing anything thats beyond its current capabilities. Since 2001, a Virginia company called Space Adventures has offered…