SpaceX signs up first moon traveler

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SpaceX announced late Thursday evening that it had penned its first ever private passenger to fly around the moon in its new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

The company said the programme is an important step towards making recreational space travel a reality for people.

The BFR, which Elon Musk said can carry up to 100 people when it was first touted previous year, will fly around the moon as part of the personal trip.

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SpaceX's tweet also included a render for a new version of the BFR vehicle.

The webcast is embedded below.

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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.

The company has stated that more details about the event's activities will be announced closer to the event itself and that it would last for about an hour-and-a-half (from 5:30 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. PDT). Plans for that flight were eventually delayed; it's unclear if one of the two passengers from that flight will be taking the trip on the BFR. Next July will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. "That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer".

The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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