Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

SpaceX has said it will also reveal why the person is going.

The exact price that Maezawa paid has not been released, although he says that it will be free for the accompanying artists. He said he wanted the artists "to see the moon up close, and the earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience".

It will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of online fashion retailer Zozo. SpaceX says that only 24 humans have visited the Moon or its orbit in history, with the last one traveling on a 1972 Apollo mission.

SpaceX announced in February 2017 that two people had signed up for a trip around the moon it aimed to launch before the end of 2018.

Musk introduced Yusaku Maezawa, founder of the worldwide custom-fit clothing company Zozo and an avid art collector, as the one who is investing in the spaceship project in order to take the trip, possibly in 2023.

"I choose to go to the moon", Maezawa told the cheering crowd after he was introduced by SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

"These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth", he said.

According to Forbes, Maezawa got his start in the music business - selling CDs and records of his favorite bands by mail.

"Maybe we'll both be on it", Mr Musk said with a smile.

Mr Maezawa then explained he had hired the entire shuttle, not just one seat, adding that he wanted to be joined by several artists. SpaceX is still working to built the 387-foot Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) it plans to use for its moon flight.

"I'm not sure if we will test a flight around the Moon or not, but we will probably try doing that before sending any people".

The BFR is actually two components: a powerful booster and a passenger-carrying module, the Big Falcon Spaceship.

So far, Musk said the BFR project is a relatively small project within SpaceX, which has become a major space launch firm for satellites and to resupply the International Space Station. The BFR is expected to stand 118 meters high, taller than a Saturn V. SpaceX has said it hopes this rocket will someday carry people to Mars.

SpaceX/YouTube Musk released the proposed trajectory of the first lunar SpaceX flight with a paying customer, which could take place as early as 2023.

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