Musk said that he will be flying on the company's future massive rocket, dubbed the "Big Falcon Rocket" (BFR), which is scheduled to be launched somewhere around 2023.
That person, Yusaku Maezawa, is a Japanese billionaire and entrepreneur who stated at the event that as a child "the moon filled my imagination". Maezawa will spend about a week on the journey, according to SpaceX, which says the trip will come within up to 125 miles of the Moon's surface before turning around and returning to Earth.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed him to the world on Monday night after days of speculation about who the passenger might be.
He called Maezawa "brave" and "an adventurer". This is no walk in the park, ' Musk cautioned. There is a chance something could go wrong'. And here we are just trying to get through the week.
Until now, Americans are the only ones who have left Earth's orbit. (The British diver has sued him for defamation).
Speaking to reporters via teleconference the day before Falcon Heavy's maiden voyage, Mr. Musk - with no forewarning - announced that the Falcon Heavy rocket would not be human rated and would not be used to carry crew.
SpaceX has announced the identity of its first passenger to fly on its forthcoming BFR spacecraft, headed around the moon in 2023.
The first private passenger to travel around the moon has been named by Elon Musk's space transportation company, SpaceX.
But for now, the company has yet to fly a human into space.
SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.
SpaceX announced it had reached an agreement to launch the tourist into space last Friday via Twitter.
Setbacks and delays, however, don't deter Musk or his relentless company, which has grown to 7,000 employees.
Maezawa - described by SpaceX as a "fashion innovator" and "globally recognized art curator" - will be the first human to embark on a lunar mission since 1972, when the last Apollo mission went down.
However, the timeline for this launch remains unclear, and it relies on a rocket that hasn't been built yet. Today SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell was quoted as saying that the company had its "eyes on the prize" for an initial BFR flight to Mars in 2024, although she acknowledged that SpaceX's timelines often slip to the right.
"All of that noise in the background, that is the sound of wonderful things happening", NASA astronaut Victor Glover said. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us'.
For his part, he has admitted that much of what he hopes to achieve in space is aspirational.
In 2016, Musk predicted that one of his Dragon crew capsules would land on Mars this year - although that particular project was abandoned. To make it seem like it's something we can do in our lifetimes.