SpaceX Says Passenger Booked to Circle Moon on Big Falcon Rocket

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SpaceX plans to send a tourist on a trip around the moon aboard its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

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.

Ever wondered who owns the moon?

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.

SpaceX now has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living at the ISS, via regular cargo trips on its Dragon spaceship, launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. And now, it appears there will be only one person aboard.

But it's cloaking the news in a bit of mystery for a few days.

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The BFR will be used to explore Mars - a goal that Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022.

SpaceX announced it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard the company's BFR launch vehicle.

No other details have yet emerged about the mission, when it will take place or how much the yet unidentified passenger has paid for the privilege.

American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to explore the lunar surface in 1969, a moment seen and heard around the world when Armstrong declared "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

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