SpaceX moon passenger to invite artists on journey

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

Short-hop testing of the BFR's second stage, nicknamed the Big Falcon Spaceship or BFS, could begin as early as next year. He announced the news at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

"That is the intent of BFR, to make people excited about the future", said Musk, referring to the yet-to-be-built spaceship. "I choose to go to the moon with artists!"

"He's paying a lot of money that would help with the ship and its booster", Elon Musk told the crowd. Had SpaceX followed through with that plan, it could have returned humans to the moon near the 50th anniversary of NASA's historic Apollo 8 mission around the moon in December 1968. In a news conference scheduled to start at 9pm ET, SpaceX will introduce its first paying private customer who will ride a spacecraft around the Moon just for the fun of it.

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 U.S. ended its Apollo missions in 1972. Intriguingly, he wants to take six-to-eight artists from different countries with him, with the plan to exhibit the works inspired by the journey at a later date.

SpaceX said its moon flight will launch via an as-yet-unbuilt rocket, named the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

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"I choose to go to the moon!" said the 42-year-old Maezawa, who founded Japan's largest online fashion mall and is worth nearly $3 billion.

Maezawa appear unfazed, talking about fusing his love of art and expression and a lifelong dream of going into space aboard SpaceX's BFR rocket. The BFR's principal objective is to carry settlers and their stuff to Mars, 100 passengers at a time.

Musk has not revealed how much his "Lunar BFR Mission" will cost in the long run, but Maezawa surely won't have a hard time footing the bill.

SpaceX has established its bona fides in the aerospace business by transporting supplies to the International Space Station and by completing the tricky maneuver of recovering rockets after launch so that they can be reused.

The billionaire has reportedly already placed a large deposit on the flight which is helping SpaceX in the development of the BFR launch platform that will actually take the passengers around the Moon.

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