SpaceX Signs Up First Private Passenger to Fly Around the Moon on Big Falcon Rocket

The first human to fly around the moon since the storied astronauts of the Apollo era will get there on SpaceX’s next-generation Big Falcon Rocket, the company said Thursday night, further teasing an event next week that will reveal details about the launch vehicle and passenger.

“SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle,” the California-based company said via Twitter, adding that it’s “an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space.”

SpaceX will announce more details about BFR and the passenger on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

Thursday night’s tweet, however, did include a teaser image of the rocket, which has long remained under wraps since the company announced it would undergo changes to make its production and deployment more feasible. The released image shows the sleek presence of a seven-engine, triple-fin, white-and-gray crew spacecraft racing around the moon.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Florida Today, Emre Kelly