SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

Gwen Vasquez
September 14, 2018

But Musk later hinted that the passenger could be Japanese by tweeting the country's flag when asked if he was the one being sent. "No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972".

"Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17", the tweet said.

SpaceX recently announced it has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard its BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) launch vehicle.

In 2009, space tourist Guy Laliberté flew to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-16, leaving from Kazakhstan. He also revealed in another tweet that the rendering of the BFR spacecraft was new.

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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 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.

SpaceX's BFR compared to other launch vehicles. Its design was first presented almost a year ago, and the concept boasted a single system that included a booster and a ship that could travel to the moon and Mars. The revised flight plan is unlikely to take place this year as the BFR rocket has not yet been built, the Associated Press reported.

Musk announced in February 2017 that his company had enlisted two private citizens to fly on a trip around the Moon in 2018. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize. The window for launching to Mars occurs every two years.

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