SpaceX is sending someone to Moon on its rocket

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX has signed up its first passenger for a trip around the moon

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Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX has enrolled its first passenger for a trip around the moon.

Who will be flying and why will be known on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm PT, added in the tweet.

SpaceX announced it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard the company's BFR launch vehicle. Speculation swirled following the tweet, leading some to believe it might be SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.

Despite the excitement surrounding the announcement, space tourism has happened before.

He has also said that eventually the fleet of SpaceX rockets will be phased out and the BFR will be responsible for all of SpaceX's ambitions. And Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is also working with his company, Blue Origin, on getting tourists to space.

In June, it was revealed by the Wall Street Journal that SpaceX wouldn't be sending a couple around the moon on its Dragon spacecraft later this year, a promise that was touted in early-2017.

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The BFR is SpaceX's newest rocket, a super powerful launch vehicle with 31 engines and the capacity to lift 150 tons into space.

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.

The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said.

The company first made plans to fly two private citizens around the moon in February of 2017 using the company's Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon capsule, but those plans have apparently been revised.

While SpaceX is still planning to take the two tourists, who paid a "significant deposit" for the opportunity, the trip will be "postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer". He called the goals at the time "aspirational".

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

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