SpaceX to reveal plans, passenger for private moon mission

14 September, 2018, 22:36 | Author: Ann Santiago
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Who the passenger is and a schedule for the flight will be announced Monday, the company said.

"Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

The launch plans appear to have changed since Musk announced past year a mission to transport two paying passengers aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon crew capsule to the moon.

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.

The company also has a contract to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station.

SpaceX set up a livestream for the announcement, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT on Monday (9 p.m. ET / 2 a.m. Tuesday GMT / 11 a.m. Tuesday AEST).

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The announcement is a giant leap toward commercial space travel, with SpaceX, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos all pursuing the goal of commercial space flight. And Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is also working with his company, Blue Origin, on getting tourists to space.

SpaceX will send its first passenger around the Moon in a Big Falcon Rocket (seen in its original form). "That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer". Neither the company nor Musk tweeted about the timing of the trip.

The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said.

They would have blasted off aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket.

No other details have yet emerged about the mission, when it will take place or how much the yet unidentified passenger has paid for the privilege. The window for launching to Mars occurs every two years.

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