SpaceX To Reveal Identity Of First Space Tourist

Katie Ramirez
September 14, 2018

Elon Musk's rocket company signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap toward commercializing space travel.

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

In February, SpaceX debuted the long-awaited Falcon Heavy, which became the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle, the report said.

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic. In response Musk mysteriously tweeted an emoji of the Japanese flag.

This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric auto CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon.

SpaceX plans to send a tourist on a trip around the moon aboard its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

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Who will be flying and why will be known on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm PT, added in the tweet.

Only 24 humans have been to the Moon so far, and no one has visited since the 1972 Apollo mission.

Musk responded to questions from Twitter users following the announcement, saying that the rocket is still in development and has been "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic comic book series, "The Adventures of Tintin".

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

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump also issued a directive to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars".

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