SpaceX books its first passenger to fly around the moon

15 September, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Sherry Houston
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"SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle - an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space", the company said on Twitter.

In a step that commercialises space travel, USA private space firm SpaceX on Friday announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday.

According to SpaceX, only 24 humans have been to the moon in history.

If all goes well, this unnamed passenger will be the first person to visit the moon since NASA's Apollo mission in 1972.

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.

The company will host a media event on Monday, Sept. 17 and other than state that it will be held at their headquarters located in Hawthorne, California and that Musk would "announce the world's first private passenger scheduled to fly around the Moon aboard SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle" - little else has been released.

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The webcast is embedded below.

But when one of Musk's fans asked him who would be taking part in the mission, the billionaire tweeted out an emoji of the Japanese flag, sparking speculation that a Japanese billionaire was planning to make the flight.

The company said more details would be made available on Monday. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

Musk described a slightly scaled-down 348-foot-tall rocket in September 2017 and announced that the private space company aimed to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022.

The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said.

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