SpaceX gets first private passenger for moon trip

SpaceX gets first private passenger for moon trip

SpaceX gets first private passenger for moon trip

"Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

This new mission, different from the one discussed by owner Elon Musk previous year, would have one person fly around the moon in SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle.

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

SpaceX will reveal more information regarding the private space flight to the Moon in a live webcast on 17 September.

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.

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

The lunar mission will take place on the company's planned Big Falcon Rocket, a massive launch vehicle SpaceX is developing to make the trip to the moon and Mars.

The BFR, announced in September 2017, will eventually replace SpaceX's other launch vehicles, the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, as well as its Dragon spacecraft. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

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

However, it was not clear whether the BFR tourism mission has any link to an announcement SpaceX made in February 2017, the CNN reported. But Musk has broad ambitions for SpaceX and the BFR.

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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