【埃隆·马斯克即将任命第一个体验月球飞行的私人乘客】

【埃隆·马斯克即将任命第一个体验月球飞行的私人乘客】据外媒报道,埃隆·马斯克创立的火箭公司SpaceX表示,SpaceX已经签署了世界上第一个乘坐我们的BFR运载火箭在月球上飞行的私人乘客,这将是为那些梦想前往太空的日常人提供渠道的重要一步。”SpaceX还表示将在周一为乘客命名并解释该人为何要出行。这并不是该公司第一次宣布它将启动飞行但不登陆月球的任务,2017年2月宣布了一项围绕飞行的飞行任务,目标是在类似于美国宇航局阿波罗13号宇航员所采取的路径上,在月球周围发射两名私人乘客。
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SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, plans to launch a private citizen around the moon.

The company's announcement came Thursday night via Twitter, and it included a rendering of the spaceship that will make the voyage: the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR.

"SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle," the company said, adding that it will be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space."

SpaceX also said that it will name the passenger on Monday and explain why that person is making the trip.

However, it's not the first time the company has announced that it would launch a mission to fly around but not land on the moon.

SpaceX previously announced a fly-around-the-moon mission in February 2017.

That plan aimed to launch two private citizens (who are still unnamed) around the moon on a path similar to the one taken by NASA's Apollo 13 astronauts.

It also called for using the company's Falcon Heavy rocket – currently the most powerful operational launch system in the world – and its Crew Dragon capsule, which astronauts are gearing up to fly inside in early 2019.

But SpaceX appears to be deviating from that plan with one less passenger, whom Musk may have hinted is Japanese, and by using BFR, which is still-being-prototyped and as-yet-unproven spacecraft.

The BFR, as Musk described it during a 2017 presentation, calls for a 157-foot-tall spaceship that will ride a 191-foot-tall rocket booster into orbit.

Together, the 35-story system is intended to launch the first crewed missions to Mars – but SpaceX not only appears eager to demonstrate BFRs capabilities, but roll out a new design of the spacecraft.

Musk confirmed the rendering SpaceX shared is a new version of the BFR. Though he gave no more details, the spaceship shown in the image appears to be more squat than the original design.

It also has a large tail fin and two small wings, unlike previously shared graphics.

https://www.sciencealert.com/elon-musk-name-first-private-passenger-fly-around-moon?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1


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