SpaceX To Name Mystery Moon Traveler

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

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Musk said: "The objective for SpaceX, the reason for creating SpaceX, was to accelerate the advent of humanity becoming a space-faring civilisation; to help advance rocket technology to a point where we could potentially become a multi-planet species and a true space-faring civilisation".

The event was held at the company's Hawthorne, Calif., headquarters, conveniently located next to a design shop for Tesla, Musk's other company.

He followed that up on Sunday with tweets showing new artist renderings of the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, the super heavy-lift launch vehicle that Musk promises will shuttle the passenger to the moon and eventually fly humans and cargo to Mars, using the hashtag #OccupyMars.

However, Musk used social media to drop hints ahead of the announcement.

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He said: "In 2023, as the host, I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this missions to the Moon". Once the artists return to the Earth, they will compose a work inspired by their experience. "These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us", he told reporters. So far only Caucasian male Americans have left the Earth's orbit, all 24 of them NASA astronauts during the Apollo era in the 1960s and 1970s.

Do you remember the moon missions of the late 1960s and early '70s? The vehicle also features three larger fins in the aft section, with landing legs integrated into them, and a pair of forward funs than can move.

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SpaceX CEO Musk first announced that the company would be sending tourists to the moon in February 2017, projecting a 2018 launch date.

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic.

Announced to applause it was revealed that Yusaku Maezawa, from Japan, would be the first private passenger to embark on a SpaceX journey.

Update, Sept. 17, 7:13 p.m. PT: Adds name of SpaceX's BFR passenger.

By comparison, the Falcon Heavy is 70m tall and consists of a central rocket core surrounded by two boosters, each with a diameter of 3.66m.

The SpaceX founder has attracted some uncomfortable headlines of late - he recently smoked marijuana during a webcast with a United States comedian. He abandoned the idea about two weeks later. The rescuer sued Musk on Monday in U.S. District Court in California for defamation.

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