Japanese businessman to become first private moon tourist

News					SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teases BFR update with new rocket launch renders

News SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teases BFR update with new rocket launch renders

Oh, and he also spends millions of dollars collecting valuable works of art, and is keen to inspire artists with this monumental spaceflight - so he's offering free seats to creators on board SpaceX' BFR rocket. In July, the company announced it would launch in the United States. "That is why I could not pass up the opportunity to see the moon up close".

However, there's a catch.

He added that SpaceX plans to shift a majority of the company's engineering efforts towards BFR by the end of next year, and welcomes the growing competition in the private space race. The company said the passengers paid a "significant deposit" for the trip but did not identify them. What wonderful masterpiece would he have created? "These are all artists that I adore".

Forbes estimates Maezawa is worth $2.9 billion, so he's got deep pockets to bankroll his art addiction and space ambitions.

Yusaku Maezawa said he would invite six to eight artists to fly with him on a week-long trip in 2023. "And what will they create?" "This is my lifelong dream". "And late Sunday, Musk further fueled the anticipation by tweeting out artist renderings of the massive launch vehicle that SpaceX is developing to fly into deep space, with a simple message: "#OccupyMars".

SpaceX's passenger will be the first person to take a space flight toward the moon who did not train through a formal program like NASA.

It's one of the most critical steps in getting space tourism to become a viable industry.

The trip, according to SpaceX, will take four to five days, and will take its passengers roughly 200 kilometres from the moon. BFR, in contrast, will have room for many more people.

The mission is planned for 2023, and would be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.

"I know that sounds insane, and we don't usually meet our time lines, but I wanted you to know at least order of magnitude, that's what we're thinking", Shotwell said. To date, the Saturn Vs are the only launch vehicles that have carried humans beyond low Earth orbit.

"How many people would've looked at SpaceX in 2008 and imagined that in 2018 we'd be where we are?"

In 2016, Musk predicted that one of his Dragon crew capsules would land on Mars this year - although that particular project was abandoned.

The announcement was made at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

Elon Musk has revealed that his space exploration company SpaceX will be sending 42-year-old billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of Japan's largest online clothing retailer Zozotown, on a trip around the moon.

Instead, Musk's firm promised to announce the identity of the soon-to-be-astronaut on Monday, September 17.

Nevertheless, Musk said the Japanese billionaire actually chose his company for the Lunar mission, and not the other way around.

Only 24 humans have visited the Moon - all of them Americans; 12 of them landed on the moon.

The spacecraft will continue on toward the Moon, powered by its own engines.

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