Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX has stated that the BFR would be capable of sending crews to the Moon and Mars.

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. Asked whether he'd be the first passenger, Musk-who's also the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. -posted an emoji of a Japanese flag.

The teasing tweet said more details will be revealed on Monday, 17th September via a live webcast that will begin at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT on Sept. 18).

However, the company has remained mum about those plans in recent months.

Why it matters: One lucky passenger, presumably of Japanese descent, will board SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle for an unforgettable trip around the Moon.

On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more.

American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to explore the lunar surface in 1969, a moment seen and heard around the world when Armstrong declared "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

Ever wondered who owns the moon? These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips 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.

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

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

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