The first space tourist, Dennis Tito, bought two flight tickets to the Moon on SpaceX Starship

The first space tourist, Dennis Tito, bought two flight tickets to the Moon on SpaceX Starship

The American businessman Dennis Tito, who in 2001 became the first ever space tourist to travel to the International Space Station, announced that he and his wife Akiko had paid tickets to travel around the Moon on the SpaceX Starship.

He added that the idea of participating in this mission first arose in 2021 during a couple's visit to SpaceX headquarters in California.

According to available data, Tito's spouses have already signed a contract with SpaceX, thus booking their seats on the upcoming mission, in which they and ten other tourists will spend a week in outer space and fly around the Moon, approaching the surface of the satellite for up to 40 kilometres.

If everything goes according to schedule, Tito can set a record as the oldest person ever involved in an orbital flight, let alone a flight to the moon. At present, Tito is 82 years old, and the best astronaut's record belongs to John Glen Discovery at the age of 77.

Tito said that he and his 57-year-old wife had successfully passed all the tests, and it's interesting that Tito was already one of the oldest people in space when he went to ISS two decades ago.