SpaceX to announce 1st private moon flight passenger

SpaceX to announce 1st private moon flight passenger

SpaceX to announce 1st private moon flight passenger

"He did suggest, like, maybe that I would join on this trip", Musk said with a laugh, referring to Maezawa.

The exact price that Maezawa paid has not been released, although he says that it will be free for the accompanying artists. "I choose to go to the moon with artists!" The 42-year-old Yusaku Maezawa is a billionaire from Japan and a fashion tycoon, per BBC.

This could be humanity's first lunar visit since 1972, depending on how NASA's latest moon plans shape up.

SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. Musk said Maezawa's payment is big enough to "have a material effect on paying for cost and development of BFR", which could cost as much as $5 billion overall.

Maezawa famously spent $110 million on a 1982 painting by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and says he wants to invite other artists to join him in space.

Forbes ranks Maezawa as the 18th richest person in Japan.

He has announced that he will take between six and eight artists to accompany with him to the moon, so that they can create masterpieces inspired by the experience when they return.

In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was now being built, adding "I think we'll probably be able to do short flights, short sort of up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year".

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Musk's made the announcement during a brief event streamed live online.

During the same press conference, Musk unveiled an updated design for the BFR rocket; it now stands at 118 meters, making it taller than the original Apollo mission rockets, which sent the first astronauts to the Moon.

The company has revealed little else about the trip, and it's anyone's guess when it might actually happen.

"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".

SpaceX/TwitterSpaceX's rendering of a Big Falcon Rocket spaceship carrying a passenger around the moon.

The trip is 240,000 miles one way and will take four or five days.

M - A Japanese internet entrepreneur is to be the first "space tourist" to fly round the moon, Sky News reports.

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