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Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first private passenger to fly around the moon

 Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first private passenger to fly around the moon
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By Alice Cuddy
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The company will reveal who is flying and why on Monday.

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Elon Musk’s space transportation company SpaceX says it has signed up the world’s first private passenger to fly around the moon.

The company said the passenger will take off on its Big Falcon Rocket launch system, and described the trip as “an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space.”

It offered no further details, saying only that it would reveal who is flying and why on Monday.

However, Musk hinted at the identity of the passenger by responding to speculation that it was him with a picture of a Japanese flag.

This is not the first time that SpaceX has touted private passenger flights.

In February 2017, the company said it would send two space tourists around the moon aboard a Dragon crew vehicle this year.

However, the plans haven’t yet been realised, and the names of the tourists and details of how much they intended to pay were never revealed.

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