SpaceX Says Passenger Booked to Circle Moon on Big Falcon Rocket

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The BFR, which Elon Musk said can carry up to 100 people when it was first touted a year ago, will fly around the moon as part of the personal trip.

SpaceX announced it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard the company's BFR launch vehicle.

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.

Who will be flying and why will be known on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm PT, added in the tweet. The space exploration startup tweeted this morning that it had signed its first passenger up for a trip in the company's BFR rocket.

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SpaceX has always been public about their dream of sending private citizens to space. When the trip goes ahead, it will be the first time someone has traveled as far as the moon since NASA's Apollo missions in the late '60s and early '70s, and also the furthest into space that a private passenger has ever traveled.

"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said. Laliberté was the seventh and last space tourist, prior to SpaceX's announcement on Monday. SpaceX spokespeople told the Wall Street Journal that the mission as still going to happen but remained tight-lipped about more details.

In April, Musk posted a picture to Instagram (since removed) of what he described as the "main body tool" for his company's BFR interplanetary spaceship. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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