1st Private Moon Flight Passenger To Invite Artists On Board

by Fredrick Graves September 19, 2018, 1:31
1st Private Moon Flight Passenger To Invite Artists On Board

However, Musk did say that Maezawa brought the idea to him and that the Japanese billionaire's money will help fund development of Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which the company plans to use for the lunar flight - and eventually, for a flight to Mars. The mission is planned for 2023, and, if all goes according to plan, will be the first journey to the moon by humans since 1972.

"All of that noise in the background, that is the sound of fantastic things happening", NASA astronaut Victor Glover said.

"Finally, I can tell you that, 'I choose to go to the moon, '" Maezawa said to cheers in the audience during the press briefing.

I could not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close and at the same time I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself.

Maezawa, an art lover and collector, said that he will take six to eight artists with him. The artists have not yet been chosen, but part of the project will involve them creating work inspired by their lunar journey after they return to Earth. "Please don't say no", Maezawa said.

"It's hard to say what Elon Musk can do".

Musk said Maezawa had outlaid a significant deposit and would have a material impact on the cost of developing the BFR, which he estimated at about $5 billion.

But given that SpaceX nearly always meets ot exceeds its plans - even if their target date is off - the intent is clearly focused on making this mission happen. Musk has said he wants it to be able to carry a payload of 100 people into space, and/or the hardware to keep them alive once they get there.

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"He is, I think, the bravest person and most willing to do so", Musk said, referring to Maezawa.

Yusaka Maezawa has purchased every available seat aboard Musk's first BFR rocket that will travel to the moon as early as 2023. SpaceX plans to launch the first unmanned mission to Mars by 2022 - a goal Musk himself has described as "Ambitious", with a sight to putting the first humans on the red planet by 2024. The billionaire made news previous year when he spent $110 million on a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Taking the enormous personal risk of orbiting the moon as the first private citizen would cement him in history books.

Before the BFR flies with people aboard it will make a number of test flights without a crew - including one around the Moon.

Maezawa made his fortune by building up Start Today, an e-commerce business that includes a popular online clothing site in Japan.

"There could be some natural or man made event that ends life as we know it", he said. Going forward, Musk and Maezawa will figure out details like training, but "nothing's written in stone".

As the event ended Someone ask Musk if he will go into space.

"This project is very meaningful - to be the first private passenger on the moon - but I also hope I can contribute to world peace, my lifelong dream", Maezawa said. That mission was to use SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket.

SpaceX had previously announced in 2017 that two then-unnamed passengers had booked passage for a Lunar flyby in a Falcon Heavy rocket that was to launch in 2018.

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