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 traveling to space. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17. pic.twitter.com/64z4rygYhk— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 14, 2018
SpaceX has been building a giant rocket that will be able to take passengers around the moon – and is scheduled to announce who that first space tourist will be later today!
The rocket – which they’re calling the Big Falcon Rocket – is expected to be able to transport 150 tons of stuff into low Earth orbit. The reusable rocket will be 348-feet-tall, have 31 engines and will cost $10 billion to finish.
Today’s announcement is a big deal, of course, because only 24 people have been to the Moon in history – and no one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972.
So...any guesses as to who the world's first space tourist will be? It's gotta be someone mega-rich, right? Who do you think it could be? (For the record, I would volunteer in a hot second, no questions asked!)
We'll find out in a press conference today (Sept 17) at 6pm.