Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

SpaceX Signs its First Private Passenger to Fly 'Round the Moon

SpaceX Signs its First Private Passenger to Fly 'Round the Moon

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

SpaceX announced it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard the company's BFR launch vehicle.

Musk left a clue possibly regarding the flyer's nationality, tweeting the flag of Japan when asked if it was him that would be going on the trip.

The identity of the passenger is set to be announced on a webcast on the company's website Monday, September 17 at 6pm PT.

They would have blasted off aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket.

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

- 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.

Ever wondered who owns the moon? Plans for that flight were eventually delayed; it's unclear if one of the two passengers from that flight will be taking the trip on the BFR.

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". "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was now being built, adding "I think we'll probably be able to do short flights, short sort of up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year".

SpaceX has a passenger for the first private trip around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

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