SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon

Theresa Obrien
September 14, 2018

The lunar mission will take place on the company's planned Big Falcon Rocket, a massive launch vehicle SpaceX is developing to make the trip to the moon and Mars. Musk responded with a Japanese flag emoji, suggesting the passenger is Japanese.

(SpaceX) said in a tweet.

The person's identity will be revealed on September 17, SpaceX. said in a tweet.

In a tweet late Thursday, the company proclaimed a deal has been struck with a "private passenger" to fly around the moon in its Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR-an "important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".

Despite the excitement surrounding the announcement, space tourism has happened before.

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However, it was not clear whether the BFR tourism mission has any link to an announcement SpaceX made in February 2017, the CNN reported. And Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is also working with his company, Blue Origin, on getting tourists to space.

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. But Musk has broad ambitions for SpaceX and the BFR.

The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said. It's slated to eventually replace SpaceX's other rockets, the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon, being more affordable to build owing to its integrated design.

In 2017, Space X revealed that two "private citizens" had paid a "significant deposit" to book themselves on a journey around the moon. He called the goals at the time "aspirational". The window for launching to Mars occurs every two years.

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