The Teslarati article SpaceX customer iSpace updates Falcon 9-launched Moon lander, rover plans says

Japanese commercial space company iSpace has provided an updated schedule for its first private missions to the Moon, both set to launch on Falcon 9 rockets and land on the Moon as early as 2021 and 2023.

The article also links to iSpace's 22 Aug, 2019 news item Mission Timeline Adjustment for the HAKUTO-R Program

Question: When will the first Falcon-9 send something to the Moon? Will it be iSpace's HAKUTO-R? Is this the first and/or only serious plan to hire a Falcon-9 to get to the Moon?

note: For the purposes of this question, the F-9 does not necessarily need go all the way to the Moon itself.

  • $\begingroup$ I think that was already claimed by Beresheet, no? $\endgroup$
    – jkavalik
    Commented Aug 24, 2019 at 11:25
  • $\begingroup$ @jkavalik if that's the answer, then that's the answer! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Aug 24, 2019 at 11:50

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Imho the Israeli SpaceIL Beresheet Moon lander already satisfies your question.

It was developed to compete in the Google Lunar X-Prize It was launched by F9 on February 22, 2019 as a secondary payload with Nusantara Satu (PSN-6) and it separated into supersynchronous GTO. It then moved to the Moon under its own power and crashlanded there on 11 April 2019.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes it does indeed. I totally forgot that SpaceX was the launch provider, thanks! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Aug 24, 2019 at 19:24

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