On Thursday, SpaceX made an announcement on Twitter in which it said it plans to launch a tourist around the Moon with the Big Falcon Rocket – the rocket designed to send people into deep space:
“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 traveling to space.”
According to their announcement, we should find out more information on Monday:
“Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17.”
SpaceX also declined to give more details to the AFP.
Plans to Fly Around the Moon
This is not the first time when Elon Musk’s SpaceX made plans to send tourists around the Moon. Last year’s February announcement was that in late 2018, SpaceX would send two tourists around the Moon on a Dragon crew vehicle, blasting off aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. However, the company said nothing of those plans, never revealed who the two tourists would be and how much would they pay for the trip.
The journey would just go around the moon, without an actual landing. The last landing was on the final Apollo mission in 1972, and only 24 people have been there, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin being the first ones in 1969.
U.S. President Donald Trump wants to have people sent to the Moon again, and NASA has been working on a lunar gateway as a launching point for missions deeper in space – towards asteroids or Mars.
SpaceX collaborates with NASA and is now finishing the Dragon spaceship for a crew that would be sent to the International Space Station next year.
Boeing is also working on its crew vehicle, also planning to send astronauts to the ISS in 2019.
Musk stated last year that the BFR would also be used to launch and land two cargo ships on Mars.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.