SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon

SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon

Only 24 humans have been to the Moon so far.

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The flight on its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) would be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space", the aerospace company wrote on Twitter.

SpaceX on Thursday 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. Find out who " s flying and why on Monday, September 17.

Musk's ultimate goal is to colonize Mars.

"SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years".

He also confirmed that the rendering of the spacecraft in the company's original tweet is a new version of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). 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. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.

SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday.

Musk responded to questions from Twitter users following the announcement, saying that the rocket is still in development and has been "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic comic book series, "The Adventures of Tintin".

Instead, Musk said, SpaceX would turn its focus to developing the BFR, which he deemed a better option for tourism missions. 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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