Musk signs up mystery passenger to take rocket trip around moon

SpaceX is set to announce the first private passenger to fly around the Moon on one of its spacecraft, the company tweeted Thursday.

It followed that up with a subsequent tweet, writing: "Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

It is not yet clear if the BFR voyage has any connection to SpaceX's previous pledge to send tourists on a fly-around-the-moon mission.

Twitter users queried SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk if the passenger would be him.

The webcast is embedded below.

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

SpaceX is a key commercial partner to NASA, and is working on a crew ship that will make its first flight to the orbiting International Space Station next year, restoring access to space from United States soil for the first time since 2011, when the space shuttle program was retired after 30 years. We plan to do that, probably in the fourth quarter of next year (2018).

More details would be made available on Monday, it said. However the passengers were never named and the flight has yet to materialize.

The rocket in combination with a spaceship capsule is being built by SpaceX with the colonization of the planet Mars in mind.

In February, SpaceX debuted the long-awaited Falcon Heavy, which became the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle, the report said. These include performing satellite launches, cleaning up space junk, and of course, taking the rich and space curious on trips around the moon.

Vanessa Coleman

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