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14 September 2018, 06:44 | Justin Tyler
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The company will host a media event on Monday, Sept. 17 and other than state that it will be held at their headquarters located in Hawthorne, California and that Musk would "announce the world's first private passenger scheduled to fly around the Moon aboard SpaceX'sBFR launch vehicle" - little else has been released.
Only 24 humans have been to the Moon so far, and no one has visited since the 1972 Apollo mission.
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.
Musk's ultimate goal is to colonize Mars. SpaceX was tight-lipped about the financial terms of the deal and the identity of the individuals.
"SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over five years".
He has also said that eventually the fleet of SpaceX rockets will be phased out and the BFR will be responsible for all of SpaceX's ambitions.
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.
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