Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to become first moon space tourist

Cost of the trip

Elon Musk revealed the identity of the person to hitch a ride around the moon with his rocket company: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Once the artists return to the Earth, they will compose a work inspired by their experience.

"I hope that this project will inspire the dreamer within each of us". It was not clear how much Maezawa paid for the trip. The Japanese will contact first to the artists that he "loves". "I choose to invite artists from around the world on my journey".

The Big Falcon Rocket is the most powerful rocket in human history and it'll one day carry humans into space. Only 24 Americans, men and white, have done so, including the twelve who have walked on the lunar soil.

An unconventional entrepreneur, Maezawa, the chief executive of Start Today Co. that runs the shopping site, has said "I dislike competing with others".

But the price remains a secret.

"I'd like to introduce the first paying customer", Musk said before bringing out Maezawa at a company event, which was livestreamed. He's also asked SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to join him on the flight, to which Musk replied: "Maybe we'll both be on it".

Maezawa, 42, is the founder and CEO of Zozo, the largest online fashion retailer in Japan. It was Monday, a T-shirt of a drawing of the artist. Or Andy Warhol or Michael Jackson or John Lennon?

At the time, SpaceX was to have used its heavy-lift Falcon Heavy rocket and the crewed version of the existing Dragon capsule. It'll be 1100 cubic metres in total, and the payload will be similar to that of Falcon 9, about 100 metric tonnes (to the surface of Mars).

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The Big Falcon Rocket will be almost 400 feet long and equipped with a reusable booster rocket that will produce 200 tons of thrust.

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

"I'm not sure if we will test a flight around the Moon or not, but we will probably try doing that before sending any people". The rocket will be reusable.

SpaceX announced it had reached an agreement to launch the tourist into space last Friday via Twitter.

"This is unsafe. This is not a walk in the park", Elon Musk warned at a crowded press conference at the rocket maker's headquarters near Los Angeles International Airport.

"We need to act and become a civilization multiplanetary as soon as possible", he said, to avert any disaster on earth.

Musk described a slightly scaled-down 348-foot-tall rocket in September 2017 and announced that the private space company aimed to launch two cargo missions to Mars in 2022.

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