Mr. Dennis Tito affirmed that he will practice hard for the flight, which is expected to depart in the next few years.
Dennis Tito once paid a whopping 20 million USD (~ 482 billion VND) in 2001 to become the first ‘space tourist’ on the International Space Station (ISS).
Now, he is doing it again. The 82-year-old billionaire just booked a trip around the moon with Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX.
Mr. Tito’s flight will probably depart in a few years and he insists he will work out to stay healthy until then.
Dennis Tito isn’t the only rich man to support SpaceX flights around the moon. Japanese fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa announced in 2018 that he bought an entire flight so he could take eight other people with him.
When offered to fly into Earth orbit with Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company) for an earlier departure, billionaire Tito flatly refused. He said he was not interested in such short-term trips.
In a mid-October interview with the Associated Press, Tito said:
“We have to stay healthy for many more years for SpaceX to complete the trip. I would be sitting now, not practicing, if it weren’t for this mission.”
The flight is expected to last a week, bringing Tito to a range of 200 km from the moon.
Dennis Tito used to work for Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the 1960s. He is expected to bring his wife Akiki, 57, but did not disclose the specific price of the ticket.
Tito began space tourism in 2001, becoming the first person to go into space on his own. Not Nasa, it was the Russian Space Agency that welcomed Mr. Tito to visit the ISS.
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