SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX is hoping to follow the success of its Falcon 9 rocket with a new generation Super Falcon Rocket

SpaceX is hoping to follow the success of its Falcon 9 rocket with a new generation Super Falcon Rocket

In response Musk mysteriously tweeted an emoji of the Japanese flag.

If the project is successful, it would mark the first time someone has been to the moon since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX has enrolled its first passenger for a trip around the moon. Details on who is flying - and why - will be revealed during a live webcast on September 17 at 6:00 p.m.

In 2009, space tourist Guy Laliberté flew to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-16, leaving from Kazakhstan.

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

Other non-astronauts that have flown into space include inventor Gregory Olsen and multimillionaire Dennis Tito, the first tourist in space, after he paid $20 million to spend 8 days on the ISS in April 2001.

Rain may take Justin Rose to No 1
Bradley certainly did his part too at least make Furyk think, as did Xander Schauffele , who finished tied for third at 19-under. Rose ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the Official World Golf Rankings and became just the 22nd golfer in history to do so.

The announcement is a giant leap toward commercial space travel, with SpaceX, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos all pursuing the goal of commercial space flight. And Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is also working with his company, Blue Origin, on getting tourists to space. By the early 2020s, SpaceX hopes the BFR will replace all of its existing rockets and spacecraft.

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic.

In April, Musk posted a picture to Instagram (since removed) of what he described as the "main body tool" for his company's BFR interplanetary spaceship. Its design was first presented almost a year ago, and the concept boasted a single system that included a booster and a ship that could travel to the moon and Mars.

The company announced plans to send two private passengers around the Moon in February 2017, with take-off planned for this year.

On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more. The window for launching to Mars occurs every two years.

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