Space tourism took a huge step on Thursday evening when SpaceX announced they are sending one lucky as hell passenger on a trip that only an infinitesimal amount of humans in all of history have traversed. Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced that they are transporting a passenger on a round-the-Moon mission aboard the company’s new rocket and spaceship.
The space transportation company tweeted out the exciting announcement, “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. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17.
They added, “Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972.”
SpaceX provided a YouTube link where you can watch the livestream of the announcement on Monday, September 17th at 6 pm PT. The announcement of who the passenger is and more details about the mission will take place at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
What if Elon shows up lit on Monday and announces that Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty is the lucky passenger going to the Moon for a “20 minutes adventure?”
The only clue as to who the space tourist will be was given by Musk himself. The Tesla head was asked, “Elon, it’s you, isn’t it?” Musk replied with a Japanese flag emoji. Ken Watanabe? Yoko Ono? Ichiro?
The BFR or Big Falcon Rocket (also nicknamed Big Fucking Rocket) is SpaceX’s newest reusable rocket that is expected to 348-feet-tall, have 31 Raptor engines, and boast capabilities of transporting up 150 tons of payload to low Earth orbit. The cost and development of the BFR is expected to be around $10 billion. The vessel that will carry the passenger on this galactic journey is said to be a Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS).
“All our resources will turn toward building BFR,” Musk said last year. “And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station.”
The last report about the BFR said that the ginormous rocket will be available by 2022 and a possible mission to Mars in the year 2024, opening the door to a possible Martian colonization.
I really hope Ichiro gets to ride on that rocket.
Earlier this week, SpaceX launched their current rocket, the Falcon 9. The SpaceX rocket successfully launched the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite into orbit. This was the 60th successful mission by the Falcon 9 since the first version debuted in June of 2010.