Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Registers First Passenger for Round-the-Moon Trip

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Registers First Passenger for Round-the-Moon Trip

"Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

- Footprints on the Moon - Humans have not set foot on the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of U.S. national pride. In its tweet Thursday, SpaceX shared what Musk confirmed on Twitter was a new rendering of the BFS.

SpaceX said late Thursday it had signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon.

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The webcast is embedded below. Company representatives declined to offer additional details Friday. Musk responded with a Japanese flag emoji, suggesting the passenger is Japanese.

SpaceX originally planned to send two paying passengers on a flight around the moon this year using its Falcon Heavy rocket and a Dragon capsule.

It may be noted, in February 2017 SpaceX said that two people have signed a deal with SpaceX to make a trip around the moon aboard - a Falcon Heavy rocket.

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On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

SpaceX is a key commercial partner to NASA, and is working on a crew ship that will make its first flight to the orbiting International Space Station next year, restoring access to space from USA soil for the first time since 2011, when the space shuttle program was retired after 30 years.

He introduced the BFR, composed of a rocket and spaceship, in 2017, saying it was aimed at allowing people to colonise Mars and that the company wanted to land two cargo ships on the Red Planet in 2022.

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