SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

Only 24 humans have been to the Moon so far.

. This lunar mission - a flyby, not a landing - represents "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space", SpaceX said in a tweet.

He introduced the BFR, composed of a rocket and spaceship, last year, saying it was aimed at allowing people to colonize Mars and that the company wanted to land two cargo ships on the Red Planet in 2022. "Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17", the company tweeted.

Musk's ultimate goal is to colonize Mars.

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After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic. When the trip goes ahead, it will be the first time someone has traveled as far as the moon since NASA's Apollo missions in the late '60s and early '70s, and also the furthest into space that a private passenger has ever traveled. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.

In a tweet Thursday night, SpaceX announced its plans to name the first private person to take a journey around the moon - and why. It's slated to eventually replace SpaceX's other rockets, the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon, being more affordable to build owing to its integrated design. Instead, Musk claimed that SpaceX had turned its attention to the BFR after deeming it to be a better fit for tourist missions. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon.

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