Elon Musk and SpaceX announce 1st tourist for ‘moon loop’

Katie Ramirez
September 19, 2018

On coming back to the Earth, these artists will be expected to create masterpieces inspired by the Moon which in turn would "inspire the dreamer within all of us".

Maezawa, 42, whose net worth is US$2.3 billion, is the founder and CEO of Japan's largest e-commerce company Start Today Co.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed him to the world on Monday night after days of speculation about who the passenger might be.

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He said he often mused about what artists like Basquiat or Andy Warhol might have come up with if they had travelled into space.

"I love art and I look forward to seeing what different artists working together [can] bring to life", Maezawa added. Eventually, Musk did say that the down payment "is a non-trivial amount that will have a material impact on the BFR program". Musk also said "I used to watch this corny show "Moonbase Alpha" (Space 1999)".

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".

The trip will be made using SpaceX's BFR: its Big Falcon Rocket (or Big F**king Rocket, depending on how much someone's been smoking).

The mission will not involve a lunar landing. The space agency also aims to build a staffed gateway near the moon during the 2020s. It'll be 1100 cubic metres in total, and the payload will be similar to that of Falcon 9, about 100 metric tonnes (to the surface of Mars). In 2012, he started the Tokyo-based Contemporary Art Foundation to support young artists. A year later, he paid more than $110 million auction for another piece by the same artist.

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Musk cautioned at the news conference that SpaceX is not certain about the 2023 timing for the moon tourism mission. The man is Yusaku Maezawa, and he's a very, very wealth Japanese man who plans on inviting up to eight others along for the ride around the Moon and back to Earth.

Musk, who is well-known for issuing overly ambitious schedules, said during a Q&A in March that he hoped to begin testing the spaceship portion of the BFR sometime in 2019. No one has been there since an Apollo mission in 1972.

And the name of that lucky space tourist?

Currently, there is no good way for the average Joe or Jane to get to space.

SpaceX already has a long list of firsts, with its sights ultimately set on Mars.

Aerospace experts who follow Musk and SpaceX's activities suggest that there could likely be more iterations of the BFR design before the company's first lunar voyage lifts off the launch pad. He also encouraged Musk to join the mission.

Shares in Tesla have had a turbulent time after the entrepreneur said in a tweet last month that he wanted to take the carmaker private.

Earlier on Monday it emerged Mr Musk was being sued for defamation over his repeated claims that a British cave diver was a child abuser.

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