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SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon”

SpaceX's tweet also included a render for a new version of the BFR vehicle.

SpaceX has stated that the BFR would be capable of sending crews to the Moon and Mars.

But during a Falcon Heavy press conference earlier this year, Musk told reporters that, for the time being, SpaceX had no plans to certify the Falcon Heavy for human spaceflight.

The BFR, which Elon Musk said can carry up to 100 people when it was first touted a year ago, will fly around the moon as part of the personal trip.

SpaceX declined an AFP request for more details, but said further information would follow Monday at an event lasting from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm (0030 GMT to 0200 GMT). Plans for that flight were eventually delayed; it's unclear if one of the two passengers from that flight will be taking the trip on the BFR.

The big reveal on who it is - and when the flight to the moon will be - will be announced Monday at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to explore the lunar surface in 1969, a moment seen and heard around the world when Armstrong declared "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".

The new strategy is to still fly around the moon, but using an even bigger SpaceX rocket still in development that has its own dedicated passenger ship.

On Twitter, a user asked SpaceX CEO Elon Musk if he was the person in question.

During a speech in Australia past year, Musk said he was hopeful that the BFR would be able to launch and land at last two cargo ships on Mars by 2022.



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