SpaceX signs up first private moon traveler

SpaceX signs up first private moon traveler

SpaceX signs up first private moon traveler

But when one of Musk's fans asked him who would be taking part in the mission, the billionaire tweeted out an emoji of the Japanese flag, sparking speculation that a Japanese billionaire was planning to make the flight.

SpaceX is ready to send the world's first private space passenger around the moon.

On Monday, the Elon Musk-owned space transportation company will announce the identity of a person it says will pay for a trip around the moon on a yet-to-be-developed rocket, according to The Los Angeles Times.

It followed that up with a subsequent tweet, writing: "Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

Instead, Musk said, SpaceX would turn its focus to developing the BFR, which he deemed a better option for tourism missions. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972, said the company.

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Details won't be confirmed until the event on Monday, so have fun guessing. "That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer".

The names and identities of those two tourists - and how much they meant to pay - were never revealed.

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". SpaceX has invested almost $1 billion into the 27-engine rocket.

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. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

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