Cheers At SpaceX: Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is set to become one of the first private passengers to take a trip around the moon

"I thought long and hard about how valuable it would be to be the first passenger to the moon", Maezawa said at an announcement at Space Exploration Technologies Corp's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, sitting next to the rocket company's CEO, Elon Musk. His plans for organising a workshop on the moon are visibly definite as he has single-handedly bought all the seats available on the BFR rocket so that other artists can join him on the space venture. Though Maezawa would receive proper training before the trip, he would be the normal human being to do that.

The first moon tourist will board Elon Musk's rocket, SpaceX in 2023. When asked about the trip, Maezawa said that a few artists will be accompanying him in the revolutionary journey on BFR.

Maezawa added, "by the way, if you should hear from me, please say yes and accept my invitation".

He also said that "I hope that this project will inspire the dreamer within each of us". He said he often mused about what artists like Basquiat or Andy Warhol might have come up with if they'd traveled into space. "I choose to go to the moon with artists!"

SpaceX's competitors are Blue Origin, the company of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, and Virgin Galactic of entrepreneur Richard Branson.

"I want to share this experience and things with as many people as possible", Maezawa told a news conference. Maezawa is an important figure in the fashion industry of Japan, being the Chief Operating Officer and founder of the online fashion retailer platform named Zozo.


The latest blueprints mark the final major redesign of the rocket, whose development is expected to cost roughly $5 billion, according to Musk.

Now he is ready to blast off to the moon on a SpaceX rocket scheduled in 2023.

Till today only Americans have traveled to the moon, listing the 24 NASA astronauts who arrived at the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s. It aims to launch its first crewed mission to the space station in the second quarter of 2019. Space S says it's enabling access to space for everyday people.

The amount Maezawa is paying for the trip was not disclosed.

Two of Musk's fellow billionaires - Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Virgin Group's Richard Branson - also want to make a business out of space tourism.

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