Who is SpaceX's first moon passenger, Yusaku Maezawa?

Posted September 22, 2018

SpaceX is developing the BFR - which stands for Big Falcon Rocket, or Big F***ing Rocket - primarily to help humanity settle Mars and other worlds throughout the solar system.

After joining SpaceX on stage, Maezawa said that he can finally announce that he has chosen to go to the moon.

Maezawa surprised people by saying he wanted to take five to eight artists with him to the moon. SpaceX's other major venture thus far, the Falcon Heavy, which is a reusable heavy lift launch vehicle, took almost twice as long to complete than expected.

"He is the bravest person and the most willing to do so, and he was the best adventurer I think", Musk said of Maezawa. "This will look really epic in person", Musk said.

Only 24 astronauts have flown beyond Earth's protective magnetic shield, in missions spanning a four-year period from December 1968 to December 1972. He made his fortune by founding the wildly popular shopping site Zozotown.

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Like his sharing of art, Maezawa said on Monday that he also wants to share his experience of seeing the moon, explaining why he purchased every seat on the rocket for an undisclosed amount.

"Nothing is written in stone", Maezawa said through a translator.

If asked, Markowsky would tell Maezawa to pick him to go to the moon because he's been training to create art in unusual environments for years.

"As far as me going, I'm not sure", Musk responded.

He is a self-proclaimed art lover and made waves in the art world when in 2017 he bought a single Jean-Michel Basquiat painting at a Sotheby's auction for $110.5 million-a then-record for an American artist's work.

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He added that he anticipates SpaceX's Starlink satellite system to be operational by then, which he said should aid in the broadcast, particularly when the moon is between the Earth and the spaceship. Maybe I would join on this trip, I don't know.

This isn't the first time Musk has vowed to send tourists around the Moon. It consists of a massive rocket booster that promises to out-power any that has ever been built and a towering spacecraft, nicknamed BFS for Big Falcon Spaceship, that will vault out of the Earth's atmosphere.

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

Could there be more than one billionaire aboard SpaceX's upcoming lunar fly-around mission? The company will use the extra space to store lots of food, water, fuel and spare parts, in case something goes wrong during the flight. Bezos' Blue Origin has been tight-lipped about the price of its tickets, but Reuters reported in July that they could cost in the $200,000 range. SpaceX, which is under contract by NASA to fly its astronauts to the International Space Station, recently announced it had to delay that first flight to April of next year.

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