Fly me to the moon - okay, says Elon Musk

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX has signed up its first passenger for a trip around the moon

SpaceX has announced plans to take a passenger on the first ever tourist expedition around the moon.

"SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle - an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space". The space exploration startup tweeted this morning that it had signed its first passenger up for a trip in the company's BFR rocket.

SpaceX will reveal more information regarding the private space flight to the Moon in a live webcast on 17 September.

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Asked on Twitter, whether he would be the passenger, SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk posted an emoji of the Japanese flag.

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.

If all goes well, this unnamed passenger will be the first person to visit the moon since NASA's Apollo mission in 1972.

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

The Falcon Heavy debuted one year after that announcement was made. SpaceX spokespeople told the Wall Street Journal that the mission as still going to happen but remained tight-lipped about more details. Musk has designs on sending spacecraft to Mars and establishing a colony. there.

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. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon.

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