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Space tourism : SpaceX wants to send private individuals into space

The US space company SpaceX has announced a lunar orbit with paying space tourists for the coming year. The mission gives people the opportunity to "return deep into space for the first time in 45 years" and "travel faster and further into the solar system than ever before," said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Monday. The lunar journey of private payers would be the furthest human space voyage to date. SpaceX did not initially reveal who the two space tourists are scheduled to launch into space in the second half of the year. According to Musk, they have already made a "sizeable" down payment. Health tests and flight training would begin later this year. He announced further information on this.

Further space trips are to follow

There are also other teams that have expressed "great interest" in a space trip and "others will follow". The space tourists are to fly into space on board a "Dragon" space capsule from the company. So far, "Dragon" capsules have been used to bring food, equipment and fuel to the International Space Station (ISS). A Falcon Heavy rocket is to serve as the carrier system and is due to complete its first test flight this summer. According to Musk, it is the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V, which belongs to the family of Saturn rockets developed by the US space agency NASA as part of the Apollo lunar program. Saturn rockets are among the most powerful launch systems in space travel.

Nasa undertook the last Apollo missions to date in the 1970s. Musk, who originally comes from South Africa, has become a guru of the high-tech world through his highly ambitious projects. His Tesla electric cars are among the most innovative vehicles in the world. With his space company SpaceX, wants to turn rockets into recyclable and thus affordable means of transport, he wants to offer a cost-effective alternative to state space programs. (dpa, AFP)

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