SpaceX Has Signed Its First Passenger to Fly Around the Moon

Pablo Tucker
September 14, 2018

Asked whether he'd be the first passenger, Musk-who's also the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. -posted an emoji of a Japanese flag. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972, said the company.

The BFR, which Elon Musk said can carry up to 100 people when it was first touted past year, will fly around the moon as part of the personal trip. The person's identity will be revealed on 17 September, Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

SpaceX announced it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard the company's BFR launch vehicle.

Despite the excitement surrounding the announcement, space tourism has happened before. And Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is also working with his company, Blue Origin, on getting tourists to space.

SpaceX plans to send a tourist on a trip around the moon aboard its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). By the early 2020s, SpaceX hopes the BFR will replace all of its existing rockets and spacecraft.

SpaceX is a key commercial partner to NASA, and is working on a crew ship that will make its first flight to the orbiting International Space Station next year, restoring access to space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011, when the space shuttle program was retired after 30 years.

Musk announced in February 2017 that his company had enlisted two private citizens to fly on a trip around the Moon in 2018. He called the goals at the time "aspirational".

No other details have yet emerged about the mission, when it will take place or how much the yet unidentified passenger has paid for the privilege. The window for launching to Mars occurs every two years.

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