SpaceX to Announce Private Moon Flight Passenger

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX has announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being created to carry people into deep space.

The announcement was made at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Tuesday.

This lunar mission - a flyby, not a landing - represents "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space", SpaceX said in a tweet.

Musk hinted it might be a Japanese passenger, prompting Twitter to throw out names of very rich people like entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and legendary video game designer Hideo Kojima.

Yusaka Maezawa has purchased every available seat aboard Musk's first BFR rocket that will travel to the moon as early as 2023. The biggest clue in this regard is that the launch is set to take place on board the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which is thought to be still several years away from being ready for liftoff.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the trip will take four or five days.

Given that this new BFR rocket, as it's dubbed, has yet to be built, the flight presumably is at least a few years off.

SpaceX's CEO is clearly chomping at the bit to reveal more information about the company's newest BFR iteration, hopefully now closing in on something close to what will actually enter production and begin flight testing.

SpaceX in February transfixed a global audience with the successful test launch of its Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world.

The spacecraft will continue on toward the Moon, powered by its own engines.

Read everything we know about the BFR and its spaceship design here. USA astronauts generally made the trip in about 3 days. Company representatives declined to offer additional details Friday. A 90-minute flight costs $250,000.

Russian and Chinese companies are also working on space tourism plans. Musk will soon announce who that first person is.

He has alleged that a cave diver in Thailand who helped rescue stranded boys was a "pedo", smoked what appeared to be marijuana on a comedian's podcast, spooked Tesla investors with comments about the future of the electric vehicle maker, and admitted to exhaustion and use of the sleeping pill Ambien. Two years later would mark the last time NASA astronauts would visit the lunar surface.

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