The aerospace company SpaceX says it has signed the first private passenger in the world to fly around the moon.
SpaceX broke the news on Twitter saying that the flight in its Big Falcon Rocket will be an "important step to allow access to ordinary people who dream of traveling to space."
"Only 24 humans have been on the Moon in history, and no one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972."
The founder and billionaire of SpaceX, Elon Musk, published an emoji of the Japanese flag on Twitter when asked if he was the first passenger.
Musk introduced Big Falcon Rocket, made up of a rocket and a spacecraft, last year saying its goal was to allow people to colonize Mars and that the company wanted to land two cargo ships there in 2022.
The first ship carrying crews could arrive two years later, he said.
The company announced plans to send two private passengers around the Moon in February 2017, with the takeoff planned for this year. However, the passengers were never named and the flight has not yet materialized.
It was not clear if one of those passengers was the same as the one mentioned in Thursday's statement.