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SpaceX plans to send crewed mission beyond moon in 2018

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HOUSTON – SpaceX will launch a crewed mission beyond the moon for two private customers, according to an announcement made by the company Monday, according to CNBC News.

This will be the first time in 45 years humans will return to deep space, said the company in a news release, and will go "faster and further" than any humans before them.

SpaceX expects the mission to take place sometime in late 2018, after it sends a crewed NASA Dragon 2 craft to the International Space Station.