SpaceX Delays Tourist Trips to the Moon

Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX

Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX Jae C. Hong/AP File Photo

Looking for Elon Musk to fly you to the moon? Be prepared to wait a while. Rocket company SpaceX has announced that it would be delaying plans for a flight to take tourists into space and circle around the moon.

The flight was scheduled to go up in late 2018, but plans have changed, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Reasons behind the delay were unclear.

SpaceX originally announced its plans for the novelty tourism flight in early 2017. The private citizens involved in the flight had put down a hefty deposit to launch from the Earth in a Falcon Heavy rocket and then ride in a Dragon Crew spacecraft around the moon.

This isn't an outright cancellation, however, especially with other private citizens interested in booking similar flights in the future.

"SpaceX is still planning to fly private individuals on a trip around the moon and there is growing interest from many customers," company spokesman James Gleeson wrote in a statement.

In the meantime, the company will continue to help NASA delivering cargo to the International Space Station and work on creating and selling satellite internet from space.