SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon

SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon

SpaceX to send world's first private passenger around Moon

In a step that commercialises space travel, United States private space firm SpaceX on Friday announced that it will send the first private passenger to Moon and will reveal his identity on Monday.

On Monday, the Elon Musk-owned space transportation company will announce the identity of a person it says will pay for a trip around the moon on a yet-to-be-developed rocket, according to The Los Angeles Times.

SpaceX, the private space exploration company that tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor west of Waco, has signed up a traveler for a flight to the moon.

Musk's space exploration company SpaceX has already sent a Tesla vehicle and a cage of mice into orbit.

The launch would take place at Kennedy Space Center's launch complex 39A, SpaceX previously said. "Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17", the company tweeted. "That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer". That never happened, and now that the BFR has its first scheduled passenger, it likely never will.

SpaceX first floated the idea of sending private people around the moon in early 2017, saying two people had "paid a significant deposit" for the mission. Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Twitter users queried SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk if the passenger would be him.

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.

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