SpaceX gets first private passenger for moon trip

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SpaceX in announcing the news notes that only 24 humans have ever been to the Moon in history and that nobody has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

Elon Musk's rocket company has signed up its first passenger for a flight around the moon, taking a giant leap towards commercialising space travel.

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

SpaceX has a passenger for the first private trip around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket.

This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric auto CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon.

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No details have been revealed about who the passenger is and why they're flying, but SpaceX said it would reveal all on Monday.

That plan called for them to ride on a Dragon crew vehicle, similar to the cargo ships that SpaceX routinely sends loaded with supplies to the International Space Station. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals. We'll find out on Monday if the adventurous soul signed up to the BFR mission is one of the same people that was planning to go on the Falcon Heavy trip.

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. He also revealed in another tweet that the rendering of the BFR spacecraft was new.

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump also issued a directive to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars".

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