SpaceX Has Signed Its First Passenger to Fly Around the Moon

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

The company has stated that more details about the event's activities will be announced closer to the event itself and that it would last for about an hour-and-a-half (from 5:30 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. PDT).

SpaceX is set to send a private passenger on a spaceflight around the moon soon, as it's now signed up its first customer for the trip.

The company announced plans to send two private passengers around the Moon in February 2017, with take-off planned for this year.

They would have blasted off aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket.

The names and identities of those two tourists - and how much they meant to pay - were never revealed.

Only 24 people in history have ever been to the Moon.

Only 24 humans have been to the Moon so far, and no one has visited since the 1972 Apollo mission. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

In 2017, Space X revealed that two "private citizens" had paid a "significant deposit" to book themselves on a journey around the moon.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the trip would make use of a new version of the company's BFR launch vehicle.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion (roughly Rs. 11,400 crores) contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. "Goal of BFR is to enable anyone to move to Moon, Mars and eventually outer planets", Musk had said in May.

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

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