Everything you need to know about SpaceX’s big moon announcement

Elon Musk is nothing if not ambitious. 

The SpaceX founder wants his company to lead the charge to build a city on Mars, and next year, the spaceflight company plans to fly its first astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA. 

SEE ALSO: SpaceX wants to send 2 people around the moon in 2018

So generally, SpaceX is pretty busy. But that doesn’t mean it can’t take on just one other little project, right? Namely, in 2018, SpaceX plans to fly a pair of (presumably rich) private citizens around the moon and bring them back home.

It all sounds pretty intense, so let us break it down for you.

SpaceX is planning to fly around the moon, not land on it

At the moment, SpaceX isn’t planning to actually land on the surface of the moon for this mission. 

Instead, the company is opting to use its Falcon Heavy rocket and crewed Dragon spacecraft to circumnavigate the moon before coming back home to Earth. 

The flight profile involves skimming the surface of the lunar body in a “long loop…

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