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SpaceX unveils identity of first Moon tourist


Posted on Tuesday, 18 September, 2018 | Comment icon 19 comments

An artist's impression of the trip. Image Credit: SpaceX / Elon Musk
The private space firm has revealed who will be flying around the Moon aboard its upcoming BFR rocket.
During an announcement at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California on Monday, Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire and online fashion tycoon, was revealed to be the mystery passenger.

He will also be joined by a group of up to eight artists that he will personally select for the trip.

"They will be asked to create something after they return to Earth," he said. "These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us."

Maezawa's groundbreaking voyage, which will be the first manned mission around the Moon since 1972, is currently planned for 2023 and will use the firm's new BFR (Big Falcon Rocket).

With a planned height of 118m and diameter of 9m, it will be the largest rocket ever built.

During its original unveiling, Musk had described the BFR as "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space."

Although Maezawa, who is thought to be worth $3.6 billion, isn't exactly an 'everyday person', the launch of a private passenger around the Moon will still be a major achievement.


Source: BBC News | Comments (19)

Tags: SpaceX, BFR, Rocket

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mr Guitar on 18 September, 2018, 14:29
Some people just have more money than brains! A fashion designer going to the moon....oh my! Not sure what this guy is expecting from his 'talented' crew but I'm sure it won't be of any great benefit to mankind except for some weirdo art and strange looking clothes and I'm also pretty sure he'll end up owning the rights to all the work resulting from the trip....he didn't become a billionaire by being stupid but, to me, he is seriously lacking common sense. He could have used those $$$ to do a lot of good here on good ol' planet earth.  
Comment icon #11 Posted by kobolds on 18 September, 2018, 15:14
Virgin Galactic  second try how long until people understand that you need the kind a nation budget  money to able to go moon . few millions won't get you there.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by AstralHorus on 19 September, 2018, 0:01
I mean a quick google search on the guy and he seems like a stand up dude... promoting young inspiring artists works by giving them a platform to a wider audience. A younger audience who he exposes and educates contemporary art too... To say art is hogwash is to insult artists, and who ever made your avi. An artist I’m guessing you “borrowed” from .
Comment icon #13 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 September, 2018, 4:39
Yeah, people made the same, ill informed, comments about reusable rockets a few years ago, Elon Musk made such comments look foolish then as, I suspect he will do again. Most of the cost in a moon, or any space mission, is in the launch. Make launching cheap and a mission to the moon becomes considerably more affordable. Now which company has a great track record for greatly reducing the cost of launching... Oh yeah, that would be SpaceX. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mr Guitar on 20 September, 2018, 2:16
Not against artists at all and never said art is 'hogwash' - I'm a professional musician and also attended one of the most prestigious art schools in the country but I'm not 'touchy feely' about either one - to me, both graphic art and music are both a means to make $$$ - nothing else. Oh, and I picked my avatar because I like evil clowns and I thought that one was particularly good. As to your 'stand up' dude, I still think he'll keep the rights to any art generated as a result of the trip - he didn't get that rich by being a poor businessman.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Astra. on 20 September, 2018, 3:08
Ok, I get the money thing. But why wouldn't you have the nerve Pallidin ? .. Wow, I'd do it just for the buzz...it'd be neat ..
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer on 20 September, 2018, 16:31
The trip could be followed on Kim and Family's "reality show".  At least there'd be something worth watching for a change.
Comment icon #17 Posted by paperdyer on 20 September, 2018, 16:44
He can come back and have a whole line of "Lunar Inspired" designs that all the "in" group will just have to have.  Then the whole trip can be written off on his taxes as a business trip.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Mr Guitar on 22 September, 2018, 18:06
Paperdyer, you pretty much nailed it! All the 'cool kids' and Kardasian  watchers will want the stuff and he'll get even richer. I wonder if he plans to make the trip or just sit back here as a 'consultant' holding a fat insurance policy on all the participants. Anybody spending that much money on such a wild haired scheme will surely have a backup 'Plan B' to cover his rear end. As I said before, anybody this rich doesn't get that way by being a bad businessman.
Comment icon #19 Posted by bruce fiction on 29 September, 2018, 2:40
Maybe this guy will have the astronauts outfits looking like the stars on Star Trek


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