Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private passenger to fly around the moon.
Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has announced its plans to send the first tourist on the moon at company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Yusaku Maezawa confirmed the news by saying: “I choose to go to the Moon”. The task intended for 2023 which will be the first human journey to the moon since 1972.
According to the company, the flight involve Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) which will be, “an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space”.
Mr. Musk launched the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a launch system, in 2016. He announced his plans of sending passengers on a loop around the moon in 2017. Then and there, SpaceX assumed to use its Falcon Heavy rocket and existing version of Dragon capsule. The Falcon Heavy rocket is 70m in length and consists of two boosters of each 3.66m in diameter.
However, Musk made a statement in February that we will focus on BFR in future Missions. Now, he has shared new artwork of the BFR and the spaceship with the little-revised design.
However, no BFR launched yet for the journey. Meanwhile, Mr. Musk alerted: “It’s not 100% certain we can bring this to flight”.
Mr. Maezawa got popularity after buying a painting of late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York auction worth $110.5m (£85.4m).
The art enthusiast also aimed to invite six to eight artists to join him on the moon trip.
He further added that “They will be asked to create something after they return to Earth. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us”.
December 1972 was the time when the American astronauts, all of whom were American, last landed on the moon’s surface.
Elon Musk & Yusaku Maezawa before the announcement
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