Elon Musk's SpaceX to announce first tourist to Moon

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

When asked if he himself is the passenger, he hinted that the mystery person is Japanese by tweeting the country's flag.

SpaceX is set to send a private passenger on a spaceflight around the moon soon, as it's now signed up its first customer for the trip. SpaceX will hold the identity of its passenger from the public until Monday, September 17th.

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). Speculation swirled following the tweet, leading some to believe it might be SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.

The journey will see SpaceX put its new reusable BFR rocket through its paces. And Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is also working with his company, Blue Origin, on getting tourists to space.

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic.

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In June, it was revealed by the Wall Street Journal that SpaceX wouldn't be sending a couple around the moon on its Dragon spacecraft later this year, a promise that was touted in early-2017.

In April, Musk posted a picture to Instagram (since removed) of what he described as the "main body tool" for his company's BFR interplanetary spaceship.

SpaceX is a key commercial partner to NASA, and is working on a crew ship that will make its first flight to the orbiting International Space Station next year, restoring access to space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011, when the space shuttle program was retired after 30 years.

Shortly after his successful Falcon Heavy Launch, Musk said he expected a "full-scale test" of the massive rocket within the next few years. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize.

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