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Space tourism pioneer Dennis Tito is planning another space trip, only this time to Moon.

The 82-year-old American made history in 2001 when he became the first person to fund his own space mission, staying aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for just over a week.

SpaceX revealed Tito’s plan for a moon flyby on a trip he will take with his wife, Akiko. The mission will be SpaceX’s second privately funded trip to the moon, as it also plans to send a Japanese billionaire businessman on the same trip.

Dennis and Akiko Tito are the first two crewmembers on Starship’s second commercial spaceflight around the Moon →

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 12, 2022

“The Titos joined the mission to contribute to SpaceX’s long-term goal of advancing human spaceflight and helping make life multiplanetary,” SpaceX said Wednesday.

The lunar mission will involve 10 passengers, the other 8 have yet to be named, flying around our nearest neighbor before returning to Earth on a journey expected to take about a week.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, titus said that going to the moon was first discussed with SpaceX about a year ago when he was touring its facilities. “The question arose, would I like to go back and fly in space?” Tito said, adding, “Well, I certainly don’t want to go back to the space station. I don’t even want to orbit the Earth. And then I thought about it and said I’d be interested in going to the moon… I looked at Akiko and we had a little eye contact and she was like, ‘Yeah, me too.’ And that’s how it all started.”

Tito, a billionaire businessman and former rocket engineer, became the first paying passenger in space when he traveled to the ISS shortly after the orbital outpost went into operation some 250 miles above Earth, and the ticket round trip cost him $20 million. Neither SpaceX nor Tito have revealed the cost of a ticket for the trip to the moon, but you can bet it will be considerably more than what you paid for the excursion to the ISS.

The dates for the lunar tourism flights have yet to be announced, as SpaceX first needs to test the Starship rocket that will go there. The rocket’s maiden flight has faced multiple delays, but could take place as early as next month.

Space tourism will become a growth industry as space agencies and private spaceflight companies look for various ways to finance their work. Earlier this year, NASA organized its first space tourism trip to the ISS, while last year SpaceX sent four non-professional astronauts on a three-day trip to near-Earth orbit aboard a Crew Dragon capsule. specially built.

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