Musk announces that SpaceX will fly two passengers around the moon in 2018. No humans have traveled past low Earth orbit since the final Apollo mission in 1972. The as-yet-unnamed passengers are believed to be paying millions of dollars for the experience, and have already put down a deposit. The travelers will undergo fitness tests and begin their training later in this year. Musk says that he does not believe that this will be the only mission, as others have expressed strong interest in making the trip. SpaceX:
Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration.
Next year is going to be a big year for carrying people to the space station and hopefully beyond.