Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

SpaceX signs up mystery passenger for first trip around moon

SpaceX signs up mystery passenger for first trip around moon

"Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

The flight on its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) would be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space", the aerospace company wrote on Twitter.

SpaceX said late Thursday it had signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon.

Who will be flying and why will be known on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm PT, added in the tweet. It's anybody's guess, but Musk did reply to a tweet with a Japanese flag emoji, prompting speculation that the tourist is from Japan.

Elon Musk's rocket and spaceship company has not named the person who will take part in this historic trip.

It's not the same mission SpaceX founder Elon Musk outlined a year ago. Its design was first presented almost a year ago, and the concept boasted a single system that included a booster and a ship that could travel to the moon and Mars.

The BFR will be used to explore Mars - a goal that Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals. We'll find out on Monday if the adventurous soul signed up to the BFR mission is one of the same people that was planning to go on the Falcon Heavy trip.

"SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years".

At the time, Musk said the pair approached SpaceX about sending them on a weeklong flight and paid a "significant" deposit for the trip.

SpaceX has established its bona fides in the aerospace business by transporting supplies to the International Space Station and by completing the tricky maneuver of recovering rockets after launch so that they can be reused.

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