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Elon Musk's SpaceX to announce first tourist to Moon

Elon Musk's SpaceX to announce first tourist to Moon

The BFR, which Elon Musk said can carry up to 100 people when it was first touted past year, will fly around the moon as part of the personal trip. This lunar mission - a flyby, not a landing - represents "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space", SpaceX said in a tweet.

Elon Musk's rocket and spaceship company has not named the person who will take part in this historic trip.

SpaceX's tweet also included a render for a new version of the BFR vehicle.

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

The company announced plans to send two private passengers around the Moon in February 2017, with take-off planned for this year. We'll find out on Monday if the adventurous soul signed up to the BFR mission is one of the same people that was planning to go on the Falcon Heavy trip.




The big reveal on who it is - and when the flight to the moon will be - will be announced Monday at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

US President Donald Trump has championed plans to put boots on the Moon again, as NASA works on building a lunar gateway that would serve as a launching point for missions heading even further into deep space, such as asteroids or Mars.

The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said.

SpaceX has a passenger for the first private trip around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket.

The BFR is SpaceX's newest rocket, a super powerful launch vehicle with 31 engines and the capacity to lift 150 tons into space.