SpaceX to announce private moon flight passenger

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the moon and will announce details on Monday, the company said.

BFR will inevitably borrow heavily from almost a decade of designing, building, testing, launching, and upgrading 60+ Falcon 9 and Heavy rockets, all successes and failures included.

The identity of the traveller will be released at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, during an event Monday evening. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said previously he hoped the rocket would be ready for a trip to Mars by 2022.

The BFR which some believe stands for Big Falcon Rocket, can carry up to 100 people according to Space X CEO Elon Musk.

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For the first time in almost 50 years a human will go to the moon. He wants to create a civilization on Mars. Also unknown is how much the amateur astronaut will pay for the trip.

Short sightseeing trips to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket are likely to cost around $200,000 to $300,000, at least to start, Reuters reported in July.

The BFR is essentially a 48m long spaceship attached to the top of a reusable 36m rocket booster. The company has completed more than 50 successful Falcon launches and snagged billions of dollars' worth of contracts, including deals with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. That mission was to use SpaceX's Dragon capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket. While the trip to the moon is, in and of itself, a fairly bold undertaking, realistically it's just the first step towards Musk's ultimate goal of being the person that facilitated humanity's move to living on two separate planets.

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