SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX announced late Thursday evening that it had penned its first ever private passenger to fly around the moon in its new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

Just days after conducting another successful launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX has announced that it's CEO and Lead Designerr, Elon Musk, will be making an announcement regarding the first private passengers who will ride the company's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) to a destination only 24 others have traveled to. Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17'.

SpaceX first floated the idea of sending private people around the moon in early 2017, saying two people had "paid a significant deposit" for the mission.

The BFR will be used to explore Mars - a goal that Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022.

The rocket in combination with a spaceship capsule is being built by SpaceX with the colonization of the planet Mars in mind. Then the BFR takes over and Falcon retires.

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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.

"No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972".

SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday. Instead, Musk claimed that SpaceX had turned its attention to the BFR after deeming it to be a better fit for tourist missions.

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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