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SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

15 September 2018

SpaceX recently announced it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard its BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) launch vehicle.

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

SpaceX says it's booked the first private passenger to fly around the moon.

If all goes well, this unnamed passenger will be the first person to visit the moon since NASA's Apollo mission in 1972.

The webcast is embedded below. More details about the mystery space tourist will be provided on Monday, SpaceX added.

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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.

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Popular Mechanics speculates the first BFR test flights aren't likely to happen until the mid- to late-2020s, and it will be even longer before the rocket starts carrying people. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018). Find out who " s flying and why on Monday, September 17. SpaceX originally promised this mission with the Falcon Heavy, but that rocket appears to be falling out of favor.

As well as building a settlement on Mars to fulfill humanity's destiny of being "interplanetary", Musk wants to offer point to point rocket travel as an option instead of commercial flights.

The 35-story BFR will be powered by 31 of SpaceX's next-generation Raptor engines, with a rocket and spacecraft component - the Big Falcon Spaceship, or BFS.

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon