SpaceX To Reveal Identity Of First Space Tourist

SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

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

Musk left a clue possibly regarding the flyer's nationality, tweeting the flag of Japan when asked if it was him that would be going on the trip.

The big reveal on who it is - and when the flight to the moon will be - will be announced Monday at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

However, the company has remained mum about those plans in recent months.

SpaceX declined an AFP request for more details, but said further information would follow Monday at an event lasting from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (0030 GMT to 0200 GMT).

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

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The lunar mission will take place on the company's planned Big Falcon Rocket, a massive launch vehicle SpaceX is developing to make the trip to the moon and Mars.

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In December 2017, US President Donald Trump also issued a directive to "lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars". 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.

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.

"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and launch in about five years", Musk said.

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