SpaceX To Announce Name Of World's First Space Tourist

SpaceX To Announce Name Of World's First Space Tourist

Musk left a clue possibly regarding the flyer's nationality, tweeting the flag of Japan when asked if it was him that would be going on the trip.

Elon Musk's rocket company signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap toward commercializing space travel.

In a tweet Thursday night, SpaceX announced its plans to name the first private person to take a journey around the moon - and why.

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.

The person's identity will be revealed on Monday, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. said in a tweet.

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

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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.

If the project is successful, it would mark the first time someone has been to the moon since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

More details would be made available on Monday, it said.

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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.

The BFR, announced in September 2017, will eventually replace SpaceX's other launch vehicles, the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, as well as its Dragon spacecraft. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

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