Elon Musk’s SpaceX Registers First Passenger for Round-the-Moon Trip

SpaceX's Giant BFR Rocket Will Launch a Passenger Around the Moon

Artist's illustration of SpaceX's BFR spaceship cruising around the moon. Credit SpaceX

According to SpaceX, only 24 humans have been to the moon in history. Back in February 2017, the company announced that two people had signed up for a week-long around the moon mission with a launch date expected late 2018.

The company said in a tweet that the person would be launched aboard its new "BFR" launch vehicle, which is still in development.

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

The webcast is embedded below. When asked if Musk would be the person aboard the flight, he responded simply by posting an emoji of a Japanese flag.

SpaceX originally planned to send two paying passengers on a flight around the moon this year using its Falcon Heavy rocket and a Dragon capsule.

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.

However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialise.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

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.

Musk described a slightly scaled-down 348-foot-tall rocket in September 2017 and announced that the private space company aimed to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022.

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