Space tourism is about to become a real thing

posted by Sarah Jacobs - 

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. 

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