Elon Musk-led space agency SpaceX chose the first tourist to fly around the moon on a BFR rocket, the company stated on Twitter Thursday. The name of the first space tourist will be announced on Monday, September 17.
“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. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17” SpaceX said in a statement.
Only 24 people have visited the moon. Since the last Apollo mission in 1972, no one human visited the earth satellite, SpaceX reminded.
Earlier, The Wall Street Journal wrote that SpaceX postponed until mid-2019 the first commercial launch of a rocket with people into the Moon’s orbit.
“SpaceX is still planning to send an individual to make a turn around the moon. Interest in this from many customers is growing,” the company’s official representative James Gleason has said earlier. He never elaborated on the reasons for the postponement.
Elon Musk earlier has said that “if NASA chose to do a fly-by of the moon before SpaceX, it would be allowed.”