SpaceX to announce next week private tourist who will fly to the moon

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(CNN) -- SpaceX is planning to launch a tourist on a trip around the moon, and the company said it will reveal the person's identity during a September 17 event.

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The hard-charging rocket firm, run by billionaire Elon Musk, announced the news Thursday evening from its official Twitter handle.

"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," the tweet said. "Find out who's flying and why on Monday, September 17."

The BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket, is SpaceX's forthcoming spaceship system that consists of two parts: A massive rocket booster that promises to out-power any ever built, and a towering spacecraft that will vault out of the Earth's atmosphere.

Company spokespeople declined further comment.



 
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