SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

SpaceX is hoping to follow the success of its Falcon 9 rocket with a new generation Super Falcon Rocket

SpaceX is hoping to follow the success of its Falcon 9 rocket with a new generation Super Falcon Rocket

Assuming no other flights beat SpaceX to its goal and the person aboard isn't a repeat flyer (which has happened only once), the individual aboard SpaceX's first private flight will be the eighth-ever space tourist to leave the Earth's exosphere.

Thursday night's tweet also included a new image of the Big Falcon Rocket, which has long remained under wraps since the company announced it would undergo changes to make its production and deployment more feasible.

The person's identity will be revealed on September 17, SpaceX. said in a tweet.

The rocket in combination with a spaceship capsule is being built by SpaceX with the colonization of the planet Mars in mind. Then the BFR takes over and Falcon retires.

Popular Science senior editor Sophie Bushwick on SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Mars mission project.

It followed that up with a subsequent tweet, writing: "Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history".

In a recent question-and-answer session held in Madrid, SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said the company is targeting initial tests on the vehicle in late 2019 and launches as early as 2021.

Musk discussed updated plans for the BFR in September 2017, describing it as the one ship that will eventually replace the company's existing Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, and the Dragon spacecraft.

Instead, Musk said, SpaceX would turn its focus to developing the BFR, which he deemed a better option for tourism missions. "And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the space station".