SpaceX Has Signed Its First Passenger to Fly Around the Moon

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 14, 2018

Modern America's Rocket Man, Elon Musk, is further securing his place history by sending an ordinary man to space.

In 2017, Space X revealed that two "private citizens" had paid a "significant deposit" to book themselves on a journey around the moon.

The company had originally pegged the journey for as early as this year with the space tourists traveling in a Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon Heavy rocket.

"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 traveling to space", the tweet said.

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No details have been revealed about who the passenger is and why they're flying, but SpaceX said it would reveal all on Monday.

Musk announced the BFR in 2017 and has since gone on to state that it could be used for a wide array of purposes.

The BFR, which Elon Musk said can carry up to 100 people when it was first touted a year ago, will fly around the moon as part of the personal trip. "No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972", it added. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals. It's slated to eventually replace SpaceX's other rockets, the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon, being more affordable to build owing to its integrated design. Instead, Musk claimed that SpaceX had turned its attention to the BFR after deeming it to be a better fit for tourist missions.

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