Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs up first passenger for round-the-moon trip

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This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric vehicle CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans to send tourists around the Moon.

If all goes well, this unnamed passenger will be the first person to visit the moon since NASA's Apollo mission in 1972.

SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.

SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information would follow on Monday.

On Twitter, Musk's space firm wrote: 'SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle-an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space. Speculation swirled following the tweet, leading some to believe it might be SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.

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However, it was not clear whether the BFR tourism mission has any link to an announcement SpaceX made in February 2017, the CNN reported. By the early 2020s, SpaceX hopes the BFR will replace all of its existing rockets and spacecraft. But Musk has broad ambitions for SpaceX and the BFR. Its design was first presented almost a year ago, and the concept boasted a single system that included a booster and a ship that could travel to the moon and Mars.

In 2017, Space X revealed that two "private citizens" had paid a "significant deposit" to book themselves on a journey around the moon.

Shortly after his successful Falcon Heavy Launch, Musk said he expected a "full-scale test" of the massive rocket within the next few years.

The names and identities of those two tourists - and how much they meant to pay - were never revealed.