Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Elon Musk's SpaceX to announce first tourist to Moon

Elon Musk's SpaceX to announce first tourist to Moon

Details on who is flying - and why - will be revealed during a live webcast on September 17 at 6:00 p.m.

He also confirmed that the rendering of the spacecraft in the company's original tweet is a new version of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

But Musk later hinted that the passenger could be Japanese by tweeting the country's flag when asked if he was the one being sent.

SpaceX is ready to send the world's first private space passenger around the moon.

SpaceX has always been public about their dream of sending private citizens to space.

Why it matters: One lucky passenger, presumably of Japanese descent, will board SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle for an unforgettable trip around the Moon. 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. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

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In June this year, it was reported the mission had been postponed until 2019 at the earliest. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.

They would have blasted off aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket.

The rocket in combination with a spaceship capsule is being built by SpaceX with the colonization of the planet Mars in mind.

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

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.

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