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SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

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

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 company announced plans to send two private passengers around the Moon in February 2017, with take-off planned for this year. The space exploration startup tweeted this morning that it had signed its first passenger up for a trip in the company's BFR rocket.

The Falcon Heavy debuted one year after that announcement was made.

SpaceX declined an AFP request for more details, but said further information would follow Monday at an event lasting from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (0030 GMT to 0200 GMT). The company added that it will name the passenger and their reasons for flying on Monday.

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To date, only 24 people have traveled to the Moon and all of them were NASA astronauts that were a part of the Apollo Program that saw some nine 3 man crews venture to our nearest celestial neighbor (three of them journeyed to the Moon more than once).

It would be humanity's first lunar visit since 1972.

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.

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.

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