SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

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After someone responded to the tweet by jokingly suggesting that Musk himself will be the passenger, the SpaceX CEO offered a hint about the person who is traveling, responding with a Japanese flag emoji.

SpaceX said late Thursday it had signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon.

SpaceX says it's booked the first private passenger to fly 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. "Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17", the company tweeted. "And they're very serious about it".

About one year after that, in February of this year, SpaceX debuted the long-awaited Falcon Heavy, which became the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle.

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"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said. A press event on Monday (September 17th) will allegedly reveal all.

But the tweet fell short of providing any actual details except that it would reveal more information on Monday about the passenger and the objective of the flight.

Given that this new BFR rocket, as it's dubbed, has yet to be built, the flight presumably is at least a few years off. Musk has designs on sending spacecraft to Mars and establishing a colony. there.

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump also issued a directive to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars".

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