Japanese man to be first private moon flight passenger

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on SpaceX's announcement of the first private moon flight passenger (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

SpaceX says Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be first private passenger on a solo rocket trip around the moon.

The 42-year-old entrepreneur appeared at an event Monday evening at the space launch company's headquarters of the space launch company near Los Angeles.

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Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan's popular fashion shopping site Zozotown and is officially called Start Today Co, speaks at an event launching the debut of its formal apparel items, in Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2018. Picture taken July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Yusaku Maezawa (C), the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan's popular fashion shopping site Zozotown and is officially called Start Today Co, poses with his employees who wear made-to-measure suits using skintight bodysuits which help customers upload their measurements online at an event launching the debut of its formal apparel items, in Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan's popular fashion shopping site Zozotown and is officially called Start Today Co, speaks at an event launching the debut of its formal apparel items, in Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan's popular fashion shopping site Zozotown and is officially called Start Today Co, speaks in front of a projection about Zozosuit at an event launching the debut of its formal apparel items, in Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2018. Picture taken July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 6: (L-R) Patrick Seguin,Yusaku Maezawa and former ministre of Culture Jack Lang attend Yusaku Maezawa & Patrick Seguin Awarded Chevalier Des Arts et Lettres on March 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Luc Castel/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 6: Patrick Seguin poses with Yusaku Maezawa during Yusaku Maezawa & Patrick Seguin Awarded Chevalier Des Arts et Lettres on March 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Luc Castel/Getty Images)
Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan's popular fashion shopping site Zozotown and is officially called Start Today Co, speaks at an event launching the debut of its formal apparel items, in Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
THIS IMAGE IS BINNED Yusaku Maezawa, chief executive of online fashion retailer Start Today Co, poses with a catalogue of his online shopping site "Zozotown" after an interview with Reuters at the company headquarters in Chiba, east of Tokyo, March 27, 2012. A commitment to innovation and a laser-like focus on making consumers happy are shared traits experts agree set off Japan's emerging successes from once-proud but now-struggling firms such as Sony and Panasonic. Experts say more such success stories - found in sectors ranging from retail, Internet and mobile games to niche manufacturers - could help revive a Japanese economy stuck in the doldrums for decades and saddled with an ageing population. Picture taken March 27, 2012. To match Insight JAPAN/BUSINESS-SUCCESSES REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS FASHION)
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He says it's been his lifelong dream to go into space. He says just thinking about the journey gets his heart racing.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says Maezawa will fly to the moon aboard a new rocket called the BFR, which is still in development.

The reusable 118-meter (387-foot) rocket will have its own dedicated passenger ship.

The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 237,685 miles (382,500 kilometers). No one has been there since an Apollo mission in 1972.

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8 a.m.

SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon.

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

Entrepreneur Elon Musk's space launch company said last week that the person will fly to the moon aboard a new rocket called the BFR, which is still in development.

SpaceX has said it will also reveal why the person is going.

No guidance has been given on when the moon flight could happen.

The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 237,685 miles (382,500 kilometers).

No one has been there since an Apollo mission in 1972.

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