Elon Musk's SpaceX to announce first tourist to Moon

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Thursday night's tweet also included a new image of the Big Falcon Rocket, which has long remained under wraps since the company announced it would undergo changes to make its production and deployment more feasible.

In 2017, Space X revealed that two "private citizens" had paid a "significant deposit" to book themselves on a journey around the moon.

Earlier this year, Musk said the company would be able to focus its investment on the BFR, following the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy.

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SpaceX has announced plans to take a passenger on the first ever tourist expedition around the moon.

This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric vehicle CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon. This lunar mission - a flyby, not a landing - represents "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space", SpaceX said in a tweet.

When asked if he himself is the passenger, he hinted that the mystery person is Japanese by tweeting the country's flag. Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17'.

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"No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972".

"We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the moon from some private individuals", he said at the time. It's slated to eventually replace SpaceX's other rockets, the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon, being more affordable to build owing to its integrated design. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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