SpaceX To Reveal Identity Of First Space Tourist

The name of the person and the timing of the flight will be announced by SpaceX on Monday

The name of the person and the timing of the flight will be announced by SpaceX on Monday

In a step that commercialises space travel, USA private space firm SpaceX on Friday announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday.

In a tweet Thursday night, SpaceX announced its plans to name the first private person to take a journey around the moon - and why. The space exploration startup tweeted this morning that it had signed its first passenger up for a trip in the company's BFR rocket.

The 31-engine BFR is part of the company's grand plan for travelling between planets, and will replace its current suite of rockets like the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. 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. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize.

More details would be made available on Monday, it said.

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Only 24 people in history have ever been to the Moon.

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".

"We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the moon from some private individuals", he said at the time.

During a speech in Australia past year, Musk said he was hopeful that the BFR would be able to launch and land at last two cargo ships on Mars by 2022. 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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