SpaceX To Name Mystery Moon Traveler

SpaceX To Name Mystery Moon Traveler

'This is my lifelong dream'. Maezawa said he plans to "go to the moon with artists".

He explained that he has bought all the seats and will soon be inviting artists from a number of different fields, including painters, directors and musicians. He said about BFR, it's "making people excited about the future - about getting up in the morning".

Musk described Maezawa as incredibly fearless, and said his desire to participate in and pay for this trip restored Musk's faith in humanity. While he might not be a household name in the West, he is famous in his own country as the founder of the Amazon-like shopping portal Zozotown, Japan's largest online retailer. He's also an avid art collector, and broke auction records with individual purchases of $57.3 million and $110.5 million in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

"Ever since I was a kid, I've loved the moon", Maezawa said.

"One day when I was staring at his painting, I thought, 'What if Basquiat had gone to space and had seen the moon - what wonderful masterpiece would he have created?"

"I think, overall, It's going to be great to inspire others", said Tracy Lamm, the chief operating officer at Space Center Houston.

Until now, Americans are the only ones who have left Earth's orbit.

Only 24 humans have been to the moon in history. Two years later would mark the last time NASA astronauts would visit the lunar surface.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk described Maezawa as the "bravest" and 'best adventurer'.

"He stepped forward", Musk added. "We are honored that he chose us".

"Finally I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon!"

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"To be clear: This is risky", the billionaire explained. This is no walk in the park, ' Musk cautioned. "There's some chance something could go wrong".

Asked why the company made further changes, Musk said he "did not like the aesthetics" of the previous version. Musk replied "OK, maybe I will".

"There could be some natural or man made event that ends life as we know it", he said.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah", said Maezawa.

In the proposed mission, scheduled for 2023, a BFR will launch and fly around the moon before returning to Earth, a flight lasting four to five days.

It's not 100% certain we can bring this to flight.

As for the moon, Musk had hoped to sent tourists there later this year, but the date has been delayed, The Wall Street Journal reported in June.

On September 13, SpaceX revealed that it had signed a private passenger to fly around the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket, though it wouldn't reveal who that passenger was until September 17. Musk estimated the total BFR system would cost around $5bn to develop, perhaps as much as $10bn and more than $2bn.

The BFR spacecraft's shape is reminiscent of the space shuttle, the bus-like U.S. spaceships that carried astronauts to space 135 times from 1981 to 2011.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk's space launch company said last week that the person will fly to the moon aboard a new rocket called the BFR, which is still in development.

The BFR will eventually replace Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, but not until all of SpaceX's customers are on board, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in April.

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