SpaceX announces new plan to send one tourist around Moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

We'll find out on Monday if the adventurous soul signed up to the BFR mission is one of the same people that was planning to go on the Falcon Heavy trip.

SpaceX said it will reveal the identity of the person it chose as passenger on a first trip around the moon on Monday.

SpaceX, the private space exploration company that tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor west of Waco, has signed up a traveler for a flight to the moon. Asked whether he'd be the first passenger, Musk - who's also the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. - posted an emoji of a Japanese flag.

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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) said in a tweet.

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The tourist will fly in the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) being created to carry people into deep space, the Elon Musk led company said in a tweet.

No other details have yet emerged about the mission, when it will take place or how much the yet unidentified passenger has paid for the privilege.

American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to explore the lunar surface in 1969, a moment seen and heard around the world when Armstrong declared "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

Its design was first presented almost a year ago, and the concept boasted a single system that included a booster and a ship that could travel to the moon and Mars.

The 35-story BFR will be powered by 31 of SpaceX's next-generation Raptor engines, with a rocket and spacecraft component - the Big Falcon Spaceship, or BFS.

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