Elon Musk’s space agency SpaceX has signed up its first-ever private space passenger and they will soon send someone for a space-stroll around the Moon, revolutionising the concept of commercial space travel and making it a rather accessible dream.

A total of less than 600 people have crossed the Kármán line and went beyond into the space – and all these people, better known as astronauts were and are sent by the governments of four countries. Space travel is rare, but it certainly is not a rare dream. So for all the space travel fanatics, introduction of private space agencies like Boeing, Blue Origin and SpaceX is something that can make space travel more accessible and less rare (as long as you have millions in spare).

 

Taking the space travel dream a step further, Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced that it has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard its BFR launch vehicle. Nope, this is not that same plan Musk talked about earlier – the two passengers for a week-long space travel in a Falcon Heavy rocket and a Dragon crew capsule, around the Moon. That’s the old plan. The new strategy calls for just one passenger who will travel in an even bigger SpaceX rocket and will have its own dedicated passenger ship. However, the new mission will still be around the Moon.

And who will become the first ever space tourist? The identity of the person will be revealed on Wednesday – 17th September. This will be the first ever commercial space mission that will enable access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space, almost 50 years after the first humans – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on Moon back in 1986. Also, the SpaceX lunar mission will be first manned trip to the moon after 1972. Start saving for space travel already.

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