SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

Cristina Cross
September 14, 2018

Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX has enrolled its first passenger for a trip around the moon.

This lunar mission - a flyby, not a landing - represents "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space", SpaceX said in a tweet.

SpaceX is ready to send the world's first private space passenger around the moon. Musk responded with a Japanese flag emoji, suggesting the passenger is Japanese.

SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday.

SpaceX has a passenger for the first private trip around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket.

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The tourist will fly in the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) being created to carry people into deep space, the Elon Musk led company said in a tweet.

To date, only 24 people have traveled to the Moon and all of them were NASA astronauts that were a part of the Apollo Program that saw some nine 3 man crews venture to our nearest celestial neighbor (three of them journeyed to the Moon more than once).

At that time, SpaceX said two people signed a deal with SpaceX to make a trip around the moon aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize.

The rocket in combination with a spaceship capsule is being built by SpaceX with the colonization of the planet Mars in mind.

Musk announced the BFR in 2017 and has since gone on to state that it could be used for a wide array of purposes. But Musk has broad ambitions for SpaceX and the BFR. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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