SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon

SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon

Only 24 humans have been to the Moon so far.

. The space exploration startup tweeted this morning that it had signed its first passenger up for a trip in the company's BFR rocket.

"Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17", the tweet said.

SpaceX will send its first passenger around the Moon in a Big Falcon Rocket (seen in its original form). Musk has designs on sending spacecraft to Mars and establishing a colony. there.

- Footprints on the Moon - Humans have not set foot on the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of United States national pride.

SpaceX has also set up a livestream for the announcement on Monday.

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Earlier this year, Musk said the company would be able to focus its investment on the BFR, following the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy. SpaceX spokespeople told the Wall Street Journal that the mission as still going to happen but remained tight-lipped about more details.

After someone responded to the tweet by jokingly suggesting that Musk himself will be the passenger, the SpaceX CEO offered a hint about the person who is traveling, responding with a Japanese flag emoji.

The 31-engine BFR is part of the company's grand plan for travelling between planets, and will replace its current suite of rockets like the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy.

Instead, Musk said, SpaceX would turn its focus to developing the BFR, which he deemed a better option for tourism missions.

US President Donald Trump has championed plans to put boots on the Moon again, as NASA works on building a lunar gateway that would serve as a launching point for missions heading even further into deep space, such as asteroids or Mars.

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