SpaceX Says Passenger Booked to Circle Moon on Big Falcon Rocket

SpaceX's Giant BFR Rocket Will Launch a Passenger Around the Moon

- Footprints on the Moon - Humans have not set foot on the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of United States national pride.

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.

The space exploration startup tweeted this morning that it had signed its first passenger up for a trip in the company's BFR rocket.

By Angus Whitley and Kazunori TakadaElon Musk's rocket company signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap toward commercializing space travel.

In 2009, space tourist Guy Laliberté flew to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-16, leaving from Kazakhstan.

Shortly after his successful Falcon Heavy Launch, Musk said he expected a "full-scale test" of the massive rocket within the next few years.




No other details have yet emerged about the mission, when it will take place or how much the yet unidentified passenger has paid for the privilege.

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.

Boeing is also hard at work on its crew vehicle, with pioneering flights planned for 2019 as well.

Musk described a slightly scaled-down 348-foot-tall rocket in September 2017 and announced that the private space company aimed to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022.

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

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