Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

SpaceX has signed up its first passenger for a trip around the moon

Twitter users queried SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk if the passenger would be him.

SpaceX first floated the idea of sending private people around the moon in early 2017, saying two people had "paid a significant deposit" for the mission. When asked if Musk would be the person aboard the flight, he responded simply by posting an emoji of a Japanese flag.

To date, only 24 people have traveled to the Moon and all of them were NASA astronauts that were a part of the Apollo Program that saw some nine 3 man crews venture to our nearest celestial neighbor (three of them journeyed to the Moon more than once). "That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer".

"SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years". SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.

Musk responded to questions from Twitter users following the announcement, saying that the rocket is still in development and has been "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic comic book series, "The Adventures of Tintin".

As well as building a settlement on Mars to fulfill humanity's destiny of being "interplanetary", Musk wants to offer point to point rocket travel as an option instead of commercial flights.

No details have been revealed about who the passenger is and why they're flying, but SpaceX said it would reveal all on Monday. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

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