SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teases BFR update with new rocket launch renders

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

The identity of the traveller will be released at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, during an event Monday evening.

"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", the company said on its website.

On Thursday, Musk tweeted a picture of a Japanese flag.

The tweet SpaceX used to announce the signing also included a new rendering of the Big Falcon Rocket - something that was later confirmed by Musk to be an updated design for the vehicle - which looks far more like the space shuttles of old than the hyper-futuristic renderings SpaceX first used when announcing the BFR for the first time.

The BFR which some believe stands for Big Falcon Rocket, can carry up to 100 people according to Space X CEO Elon Musk. "No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972".

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In another, brass instruments and melancholic voices fill the air as the flashing lights of police vehicles descend on the plaza. Lisa Sanchez, director of Mexicans United Against Delinquency, described the shooting as a "piercing portrait" of Mexico .

With SpaceX, Amazon.com (AMZN.O) founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic battling it out to launch private-sector spacecraft, the SpaceX passenger will join a growing list of celebrities and the ultra-rich who have secured seats on flights offered on the under-development vessels. The BFR ship won't be making a stopover on the lunar surface, though.

SpaceX announced it had reached an agreement to launch the tourist into space last Friday via Twitter.

A Mars trip could take 3 to 6 months, including several fuel-ups. United States astronauts generally made the trip in about 3 days. Whoever the mystery passenger is will be among the first space tourists to fly with a commercial company. A 90-minute flight costs $250,000.

SpaceX in February transfixed a global audience with the successful test launch of its Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world.

He has alleged that a cave diver in Thailand who helped rescue stranded boys was a "pedo", smoked what appeared to be marijuana on a comedian's podcast, spooked Tesla investors with comments about the future of the electric vehicle maker, and admitted to exhaustion and use of the sleeping pill Ambien.

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