SpaceX will use the Falcon Heavy rocket, which was developed with internal funding.
Later this year, as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon (Dragon Version 2) spacecraft to the International Space Station. "We've been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon..."
He said the two passengers "will travel faster and further into the solar system than any before them".
A rendering of what the SpaceX Dragon space capsule will look like.
Once operational Crew Dragon missions are underway for NASA, SpaceX will launch the private mission on a journey to circumnavigate the moon and return to Earth. It's about 240,000 miles to the moon alone, one way. "Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration".More news: NASA's Katherine Johnson, portrayed in 'Hidden Figures', receives standing ovation at Oscars
"NASA commends its industry partners for reaching higher", the statement reads.
The company itself is valued in the billions, and the rockets themselves are multi-million dollar instruments, but the overall cost of this kind of personalized space mission remains unknown at this time. The mission will depart from Launchpad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County. Such a flight to the lunar neighborhood wouldn't happen before 2019 at best - if, indeed, that option is even implemented.
"I guess you could call her a little bit of a space geek, maybe a hobbyist".
Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who will celebrate his homecoming this week from a one-year space mission, was quick to tweet: "It's been nearly a year".
At the same time, SpaceX is also working on a so-called Red Dragon, meant to fly to Mars around 2020 with experiments, but no people - and actually land.
Twelve astronauts have walked on the surface of the moon during the Apollo missions, but no humans have left low Earth orbit since the last Apollo mission in 1972.