SpaceX flight is bringing creative minds to space

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 22, 2018

Elon Musk's SpaceX has announced that billionaire Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa will become the aerospace company's first private passenger on a voyage around the moon.

The amount of Maezawa's payment for the trip wasn't disclosed, but Musk called it "a very significant deposit".

Yusaku Maezawa announced his plans to make history as the first tourist to ride around the moon on a space-x commercial flight.

"As the host, I would like to invite 6 to 8 artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon", says Maezawa.

Maezawa added, "by the way, if you should hear from me, please say yes and accept my invitation".

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When asked how sure he is they will hit the 2023 date, Musk responded, "We are definitely not sure". He said he often mused about what artists like Basquiat or Andy Warhol might have come up with if they'd traveled into space. But I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself. Maezawa is an important figure in the fashion industry of Japan, being the Chief Operating Officer and founder of the online fashion retailer platform named Zozo.

He had also been a supporter of Elon Musk's SpaceX endeavors. The BFG, or Big Falcon Rocket, has yet to be built and is estimated to cost almost $5 billion United States dollars. The BFR will be made up of two parts, namely a 191-foot rocket booster and a 157-foot spaceship. Since then, NASA has relied on Russian Federation to ferry astronauts to the space station.

Maezawa shared his thoughts about becoming the first private citizen on the moon, saying that it had always been a childhood dream and one that "fuelled" the artist's imagination.

That original mission would have used a Falcon Heavy rocket — the most powerful rocket flying today — and a Dragon crew capsule similar to the one NASA astronauts will use to fly to the International Space Station as early as next year. The trip was organized by the Virginia-based company Space Adventures, which has since sent several more paying customers on spaceflights.

Two of Musk's fellow billionaires - Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Virgin Group's Richard Branson - also want to make a business out of space tourism. The trips are reported to cost $200 million.

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