Japanese billionaire buys all tickets for SpaceX's moon trip

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Japanese billionaire buys all tickets for SpaceX's moon trip

His plans for organising a workshop on the moon are visibly definite as he has single-handedly bought all the seats available on the BFR rocket so that other artists can join him on the space venture. If Musk and SpaceX are successful, though, the SpaceX BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) moon mission stream could go down as one of the biggest events of the 21st century.

Maezawa, 42, said he wants his guests for the lunar orbit "to see the moon up close, and the Earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience".

SpaceX made the announcement from its headquarters in Hawthorne, California - not far from where the Emmy awards were being handed out in Los Angeles on Monday evening.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the BFR is still in development. The BFG, or Big Falcon Rocket, has yet to be built and is estimated to cost almost $5 billion Dollars. In 2012, he started the Tokyo-based Contemporary Art Foundation to support young artists. In 2023, SpaceX plans to fly a Japanese billionaire and art collector along with his favorite artists on a trip around the moon and back.

"Maybe we'll both be on it", Musk said with a smile. In two three years, Musk believes that the company would be able to start the first orbital missions.

In what will be the first visit by humans to the moon since Nasa's Apollo 17 landing in 1972, the company said that the flight represented "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space".

Of course he paid a huge sum, though Musk refused to reveal how much.

Now he is ready to blast off to the moon on a SpaceX rocket scheduled in 2023. That's when the company announced it would send two paying customers on a trip around the Moon in 2018 aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket, which became the most powerful operational rocket in the world after its maiden voyage earlier this year. The same rocketship will be used by the private space agency to launch its Mars colonization mission.

He recently criticized analysts during a Tesla earnings conference call, labeled a British diver in the recent Thai cave rescue drama as a pedophile, took a hit off an apparent marijuana-tobacco joint during a podcast interview, and tweeted that he had funding to take Tesla private but then announced the deal was off.

The British diver, Vernon Unsworth, sued Musk for defamation on Monday and is seeking more than $75,000.

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