SpaceX Says Passenger Booked to Circle Moon on Big Falcon Rocket

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In 2017, Space X revealed that two "private citizens" had paid a "significant deposit" to book themselves on a journey around the moon. "No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972", it added.

SpaceX's tweet also included a render for a new version of the BFR vehicle.

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan. The space exploration startup tweeted this morning that it had signed its first passenger up for a trip in the company's BFR rocket.

However, around the same time, Musk told reporters that his space company had no plans to use the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle for human space travel.

This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric auto CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon.

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Asked on Twitter, whether he would be the passenger, SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk posted an emoji of the Japanese flag.

"Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17", the tweet said.

SpaceX has established its bona fides in the aerospace business by transporting supplies to the International Space Station and by completing the tricky maneuver of recovering rockets after launch so that they can be reused.

SpaceX is a key commercial partner to NASA, and is working on a crew ship that will make its first flight to the orbiting International Space Station next year, restoring access to space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011, when the space shuttle program was retired after 30 years.

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