Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Registers First Passenger for Round-the-Moon Trip

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Registers First Passenger for Round-the-Moon Trip

In February, 2017, SpaceX announced it would send the world's first two space tourists around the Moon in late 2018.

SpaceX is set to announce the first private passenger to fly around the Moon on one of its spacecraft, the company tweeted Thursday. 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.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

In a tweet Thursday night, SpaceX announced its plans to name the first private person to take a journey around the moon - and why.

SpaceX has always been public about their dream of sending private citizens to space. "No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972", it added.

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The BFR is SpaceX's newest rocket, a super powerful launch vehicle with 31 engines and the capacity to lift 150 tons into space.

"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said.

At that time, SpaceX said two people signed a deal with SpaceX to make a trip around the moon aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. SpaceX spokespeople told the Wall Street Journal that the mission as still going to happen but remained tight-lipped about more details. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize.

In April, Musk posted a picture to Instagram (since removed) of what he described as the "main body tool" for his company's BFR interplanetary spaceship.

SpaceX's tweet also included a render for a new version of the BFR vehicle. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon.

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