This is a big milestone. SpaceX has been launching rockets to the ISS, but they haven’t put a man in space yet. Now they will, and it will be a flight around the moon.
You probably know that already. Everybody else is talking about it. But I’ve got one more thing….
They’re not actually landing, but if this seems like been-there-done-that, consider these names and their missions:
- Apollo 8: Frank Borman, James Lovell, William Anders
- Apollo 10: Thomas Stafford, John Young, Eugene Cernan
- Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin
- Apollo 12: C. “Pete” Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean
- Apollo 13: James Lovell, Jack Swigert, Fred Haise
- Apollo 14: Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, Edgar Mitchell
- Apollo 15: David Scott, Alfred Worden, James Irwin
- Apollo 16: John Young, T. Kenneth Mattingly, Charles Duke
- Apollo 17: Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, Harrison Schmitt
This is a very small club of 24 men who’ve been out that far to see the other side of the moon. (Lovell, Cernan and Young made the trip twice.) Every other astronaut since then had to remain a lot closer to home.
Now, after what will be over 45 years — not since December 1972 — two more will join the list.