SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon

21 September, 2018, 04:06 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Elon Musk and Yusaku Maezawa the self-made tycoon said he had always dreamt of going to the moon. He plans to take eight artists along for the ride

Yusaku Maezawa has been announced as the first person to fly around the moon as part of Elon Musk's SpaceX project.

Maezawa - founder and Manager of companies and Zozotown Zozo associated with the online sale of fashionable clothes.

Maezawa surprised people by saying he wanted to take five to eight artists with him to the moon.

Musk would not reveal the cost of the trip, but said the Japanese businessman outlaid a significant deposit and will have a material impact on the cost of developing the BFR. He wishes his guests "to see the moon up close, and the Earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience", he says. Twenty-four men flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972, and half of them made it to the lunar surface. Back in May, he spent $110.5 million for Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 painting "Untitled".

Mr Maezawa, 42, is one of Japan's most colourful executives and is a regular fixture in the country's gossipy weeklies with his collection of foreign and Japanese art, fast cars and celebrity girlfriend. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us.

Elon Musk does not yet have a rocket that can circle the moon but does have a passenger.

Musk said, "It makes a difference". "As far as me going, I'm not sure".

A Vancouver artist thinks his skills make him an excellent candidate to go on a space ship to the moon.

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Musk tweeted that "Yusaku will be bringing eight (brave) artists and cultural figures with him on the journey around the moon". "I don't know if they have the skills to translate that experience in a way that is digestible for the majority of people". The space agency also aims to build a staffed gateway near the moon during the 2020s.

Asked why the company made further changes, Musk said he "did not like the aesthetics" of the previous version.

On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more.

The tourism announcement comes as the company is racing to meet a tight deadline to start flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station aboard its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Short sightseeing trips to space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket are likely to cost around $200,000 to $300,000, at least to start, Reuters reported in July.

Near the end of the 70-minute presentation, Maezawa also offered a seat on the vehicle to Musk, who wants to extend humanity throughout the solar system but has been rather circumspect on his own personal spaceflight inclinations.

Next month brings the 50th anniversary of Apollo 7, which included the first live television broadcast from space, while December marks 50 years since Apollo 8, which was the first human mission to fly around the moon (without landing)-basically the same route Maezawa and his crew will take.


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