Summary: A US private rocket company, SpaceX, has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the moon. This mission is planned to happen in 2018. The tourists have already paid a significant amount of money for this mission. The SpaceX CEO said that the two passengers will travel faster and further into the solar system than any before them. The two tourists will make a loop around the moon. They will not be landing on the moon. The United States has not sent astronauts to the moon since the early 1970s.
Connection: This connects back to US history because of the space race between the Soviet Union and the US. When the Soviets launched the Sputnik into space. Now it looks like a US private company wants to be the first one to take civilians into space.
How much do you think it would be worth to take a trip around the moon?
If someone offered you a free trip to the moon would you go?