Elon Musk May Accompany Yusaku Maezawa on Lunar Trip!

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk left shakes hands with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa right after announcing him as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk left shakes hands with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa right after announcing him as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon

Maezawa, 42, will take his trip round the moon in SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship and will be the first man to travel to earth's only natural satellite since the United States ended its Apollo missions in 1972.

The US company, SpaceX, has said Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire is its first customer. The billionaire plans to bring six to eight artists with him on the mission, People reported.

A former drummer in a punk band, Maezawa's moon flight is tentatively planned for 2023 aboard SpaceX's forthcoming Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship, taking the race to commercialize space travel to new heights. SpaceX's other major venture thus far, the Falcon Heavy, which is a reusable heavy lift launch vehicle, took almost twice as long to complete than expected.

The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 237,685 miles (382,500 kilometres ).

"Space and the moon represents something to people all around the world", Markowsky said. Twenty-four men flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972 and half of them made it to the lunar surface.

"Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Moon", Maezawa said at SpaceX headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne, California, in the middle of metropolitan Los Angeles, late Monday.

Musk outlined a somewhat different SpaceX lunar mission past year.

NASA is shooting for its own flyby of the moon, with a crew, around 2023.

Musk said Maezawa, who is worth an estimated $3 billion, is paying a "non-trivial" amount of money for the 4 to 5-day trip, but didn't disclose the exact amount.

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"I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself", Maezawa said, wearing a blue sports jacket over a white T-shirt printed with a work by the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.

He said that Maezawa came to SpaceX with the idea for the group flight.

"These are all artists that I adore, but sadly they are no longer with us", he said. The space agency aims to build a gateway in the vicinity of the moon, complete with staff, during the 2020s.

The tourism announcement comes as the company is racing to meet a tight deadline to start flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station aboard its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft.

He made headlines in 2016 when he paid more than $57 million at auction for an untitled work by Basquiat.

SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said last week that there was "no chance" that Musk's conduct will impact SpaceX's ability to win contracts, and that there's been "no impact at all" on the level of confidence in him on the part of the closely held company's backers.

Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Motors, has drawn attention in recent months over his erratic behaviour. He calls the project #dearmoon.

He has alleged that a cave diver in Thailand who helped rescue stranded boys was a "pedo", smoked what appeared to be marijuana on a comedian's podcast, spooked Tesla investors with comments about the future of the electric auto maker, and admitted to exhaustion and use of the sleeping pill Ambien.

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