Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
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Elon Musk Reveals First SpaceX Passenger for Trip Around the Moon

Elon Musk Reveals First SpaceX Passenger for Trip Around the Moon

The amount that Maezawa paid for the trip was not disclosed. I want to share this experience and things. "This is my lifelong dream", Maezawa said.

He said SpaceX has updated the design for the BFR rocket for the third time in three years.

"Lasting about a week, the journey will come as close as 125 miles to the Moon's surface before completing lunar transit and returning back to Earth", SpaceX said.

SpaceX noted in its announcement last week that "only 24 humans have been to the moon in history".

The space agency is planning its own lunar flyby with a crew around 2023. The space agency also aims to build a staffed gateway near the moon during the 2020s. SpaceX's ability to reach Mars and set up an outpost will depend on it.

Asked why the company made further changes, Musk said he "did not like the aesthetics" of the previous version.

Musk said two people who know each other approached the company about a weeklong flight to the moon and back.

The as-of-yet-unnamed patron will be paying a huge price for the privilege of traveling around the Moon, and SpaceX has a huge job ahead of it to actually make the trip happen.

The spaceship that Maezawa and his team of artists will be boarding will start making short test flights next year.

It was the first mission to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit, the first to put astronauts atop NASA's gargantuan Saturn 5 rocket and it is still considered one of the agency's most daring flights.

SpaceX has established its bona fides in the aerospace business by transporting supplies to the International Space Station and by completing the tricky maneuver of recovering rockets after launch so that they can be reused.

It was designed with the objective of exploring Mars with the ultimate goal of colonising the planet.

Musk's successes have recently been overshadowed by his behavior and the struggles of his Tesla electric auto company to deliver. The entrepreneur drew widespread condemnation after baselessly calling a British diver involved in the rescue of a trapped Thai soccer team a "pedo guy" in July. Musk and SpaceX announced this launch system in 2016. Last month he told the New York Times he was overwhelmed by job stress.

Earlier in the day, Musk was sued for defamation by the British driver he had accused of being a "child rapist" and pedophile via tweets and emails to media.

SpaceX has succeeded in its goal of building reusable rockets.

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