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Elon Musk names space tourist to launch on BFR moon mission

News					SpaceX to give BFR update and announce a private Moon mission on Monday News SpaceX to give BFR update and announce a private Moon mission on Monday
Andrew Wong | 20 September, 2018, 13:14

The Big Falcon Rocket will be almost 400 feet long and equipped with a reusable booster rocket that will produce 200 tons of thrust.

Elon Musk looked enthusiastic and excited at the event.

The trip scheduled for 2023 will mark the first time a person has been sent to the moon since the U.S. Apollo program ended in 1972.

The announcement represents a reprieve from months of bad news for SpaceX founder Elon Musk, whose efforts to take on Twitter trolls and to take private Tesla, another company he founded and now leads. "For me this project is very meaningful", Maezawa said at a news conference Monday. And he also allowed him to take on his trip eight yet unnamed "artists and cultural figures".

If all goes according to plan, Maezawa and his artist crew may become the first people to fly SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket - a new launch system that's being created to colonize Mars - and also the first-ever private lunar tourist in history. The trip to the moon will be on the SpaceX rocket, called a Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) which might not be ready for at least five years. Maezawa has not revealed the price of his trip, but Musk said it was "a lot of money". He says the rocket will have to be tested many times before a human passengers are launched.

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SpaceX added that it was "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space". As such, reports Forbes, SpaceX has announced that he will be the first paying passenger on its BFR spacecraft destined for a trip around the moon. The BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) is being developed in a SpaceX facility at the Port of Los Angeles.

Musk said: "The goal for SpaceX, the reason for creating SpaceX, was to accelerate the advent of humanity becoming a space-faring civilisation; to help advance rocket technology to a point where we could potentially become a multi-planet species and a true space-faring civilisation".

The 180-foot-long (55 m) spaceship can accommodate 100 people, but SpaceX wants to keep numbers way down on the lunar flyaround, Musk said.

During Monday night's announcement, Musk said the whole objective of SpaceX is to "help advance rocket technology to the point where we could potentially become a multi-planet species", and to "extend life beyond Earth and do so as quickly as we can".

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