SpaceX Signs its First Private Passenger to Fly 'Round the Moon

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"SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle-an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space", company's tweet said.

The company is tight-lipped on the rest, save a second tweet noting "only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

In 2017, Space X revealed that two "private citizens" had paid a "significant deposit" to book themselves on a journey around the moon.

Musk announced the BFR in 2017 and has since gone on to state that it could be used for a wide array of purposes.

"SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years".

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Humans have not set foot on the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of U.S. national pride.

During a speech in Australia a year ago, Musk said he was hopeful that the BFR would be able to launch and land at last two cargo ships on Mars by 2022.

It is not yet clear if the BFR voyage has any connection to SpaceX's previous pledge to send tourists on a fly-around-the-moon mission.

We don't know exactly when this private trip will take place; Engadget noted that it was originally scheduled for sometime this year, but it's likely going to be delayed so as to allow SpaceX to use the new BFR instead of its existing Falcon Heavy rocket with a Dragon capsule.

SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday.

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