Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon

SpaceX Will Send World's First Private Space Passenger Around the Moon

Elon Musk's rocket company has signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap towards commercialising space travel.

SpaceX is set to send a private passenger on a spaceflight around the moon soon, as it's now signed up its first customer for the trip.

It followed that up with a subsequent tweet, writing: "Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history". No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972, said the company.

Thursday night's tweet also included a new image of the Big Falcon Rocket, which has long remained under wraps since the company announced it would undergo changes to make its production and deployment more feasible.

The webcast is embedded below.

SpaceX will send its first passenger around the Moon in a Big Falcon Rocket (seen in its original form).

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This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric auto CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon.

In February, SpaceX debuted the long-awaited Falcon Heavy, which became the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle, the report said. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

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

Musk described a slightly scaled-down 348-foot-tall rocket in September 2017 and announced that the private space company aimed to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022.

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