SpaceX announces new plan to send one tourist around Moon

SpaceX's Giant BFR Rocket Will Launch a Passenger Around the Moon

SpaceX is set to announce the first private passenger to fly around the Moon on one of its spacecraft, the company tweeted Thursday.

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. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972, said the company.

SpaceX tweeted the news on Thursday evening, announcing that it will reveal the identity of the traveler and why they want to go on Monday, September 17.

The webcast is embedded below.

SpaceX originally planned to send two paying passengers on a flight around the moon this year using its Falcon Heavy rocket and a Dragon capsule.

At the time, Musk said the pair approached SpaceX about sending them on a weeklong flight and paid a "significant" deposit for the trip.

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Asked on Twitter, whether he would be the passenger, SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk posted an emoji of the Japanese flag.

More details would be made available on Monday, it said.

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

In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was now being built, adding "I think we'll probably be able to do short flights, short sort of up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year". "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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

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