The suitcases are almost ready, the known destination. The American space company SpaceX announced Thursday have signed with a first customer, which she will unveil the identity in a few days, for a trip around the Moon in its next large rocket known as working capital.
In total, 24 astronauts only traveled in orbit around the Moon in the history of humanity, recalled SpaceX in a brief message on Twitter.
No manned mission returned to the lunar orbit since Apollo 17, Nasa, in December 1972.
A dream soon reality
“SpaceX has signed with private customer first world to get around the moon on board our launch vehicle working capital–a milestone for those who dream of going into space”, tweeted the company, specifying the identity of the passenger would be disclosed Monday.
It could be a Japanese passenger, Elon Musk, boss of SpaceX, who responded by a flag of the Japan to someone who asked clarification on Twitter.
It was not that some see the shadow of Daisuke Enomoto, a Japanese business man of 47 who had the ambition to become the first Asian to make space tourism and had trained for this purpose to the Star City, near Moscow.
A rocket of 106 meters high
Beginning 2017, SpaceX announced that two passengers would be sent to the Moon by 2018 aboard its rocket Falcon Heavy, a trip that eventually never took place.
The WCR should be 106 meters high and will be designed to have a spurt of 10.8 million pounds, far more than the most powerful rocket ever built, the Saturn V (7.9 million pounds) who sent astronauts to the Moon in the turning of the 1970s.
SpaceX aims to develop in terms of a single launcher and ship a substitute for three flagship projects of the California firm: the Falcon 9 that propels the Dragon capsule to resupply the International Space Station (ISS), the capsule itself and Falcon Heavy.