Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

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

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

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

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

SpaceX, the private space exploration company that tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor west of Waco, has signed up a traveler for a flight to the moon. As to which lucky person won the Wonka Golden Ticket to IRL space camp, according to a tweet, "who's flying and why" will be revealed on Monday, September 17, during an event at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

More details would be made available on Monday, it said. In February past year, it claimed two people had "already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission" in late 2018. The original 2018 launch ended up delayed as it took longer than expected to get the Falcon Heavy ready for flight. That never happened, and now that the BFR has its first scheduled passenger, it likely never will.

Only 24 people in history have ever been to the Moon. Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

The hard-charging rocket firm, run by billionaire Elon Musk, announced the news Thursday evening from its official Twitter handle.

"We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the moon from some private individuals", he said at the time. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon.

"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said.

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