SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey

News					SpaceX to give BFR update and announce a private Moon mission on Monday

News SpaceX to give BFR update and announce a private Moon mission on Monday

It will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo.

The Moon is about 385,000 km away from Earth and the last time an astronaut travelled there was in 1972 as part of the Apollo 17 mission.

"Ever since I was a kid I have loved the moon", Maezawa said. The event, held in SpaceX's Southern California headquarters, will be broadcast live via a YouTube stream.

Elon Musk-founded SpaceX has announced that the company's first private passenger to the Moon will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. What do I want to do there? That would be a little lonely.

SpaceX is already making headlines around the world for its efforts to make spaceflight more affordable for organizations like NASA as well as private companies, but today the company will announce something truly revolutionary.

After being introduced at the press conference, Maezawa shouted: "Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon!" Once the artists return to the Earth, they will compose a work inspired by their experience.

Maezawa's Moon trip is scheduled somewhere in 2023 as SpaceX gets its rockets ready. Maezawa has not yet selected the artists who will be joining him on the lunar adventure.

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Maezawa isn't going to the moon alone.

Mr Musk did not name the clients past year or say how much they would pay. That mission was to use SpaceX's Dragon capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket.

He said the BFR is still in development and will make several unmanned test launches before it takes on passengers.

An art lover with a vision, the Japanese entrepreneur has chose to not just buy a seat on the rocket, but every seat available-in fact he's already made a down payment that will help with BFR development costs. The BFR will be the successor to SpaceX's oft-used Falcon 9 rocket and its upgraded version, the Falcon Heavy. A grand total of 31 Raptor engines will power the BFR.

An off-the-cuff tweet also left investors reeling after Musk said he planned to take Tesla, his electric vehicle company, private. SpaceX said the moon mission is "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space".

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discusses the latest version of his vision for the BFR rocket.

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