Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to become first moon space tourist

Japanese billionaire is SpaceX’s 1st Moon tourist Musk

As such, reports Forbes, SpaceX has announced that he will be the first paying passenger on its BFR spacecraft destined for a trip around the moon. The goal of Maezawa's project is for the artists to be inspired by the journey and create art about it when they go back to Earth. "So, I choose to go to the Moon with artists". Previous year he spent $US110 million on a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Between six and eight artists will join the expedition called Dear Moon, which is now planned for 2023.

"I wish to create awesome works of art for humankind", Maezawa said.

Mr Maezawa did not immediately say who will be on his guest list for the spaceflight, but in response to a question from a reporter he said he would consider inviting Mr Musk. Musk said, however, that the down payment alone was "significant".

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the BFR is still in development.

On Monday, Mr Musk unveiled new artist impressions of the BFR and the spaceship which will carry passengers around the Moon.

No. Unlike the Apollo missions of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the SpaceX rocket will not be making a lunar landing.

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

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

The agency eventually plans to build a small space station in orbit around the moon that will serve as a technology testbed and jumping off point for descents to the lunar surface and, eventually, on to Mars.

But it's not clear when space tourism might become available for "everyday people". In 2012, he started the Tokyo-based Contemporary Art Foundation to support young artists.

Of course, the trip will be all expenses paid for the artists.

Maezawa who is also well known for collecting art (he bought a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting for $110 million in 2017), has called the trip which will take place in 2023, #DearMoon. Moreover, none of them will have to pay anything for the trip as the Japanese executive has already brought all the seats on BFR.

The ship will launch from Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, atop a huge white booster named the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR. Nevertheless, SpaceX is pressing on, and apparently feels confident enough in its work that it is comfortable parading its first paying private space "tourist" in front of the world.

"I want to share this experience and things with as many people as possible", Maezawa told a news conference.

He explained: "They [artists] will be asked to create something after they return to Earth".

Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Motors, has drawn attention in recent months over his erratic behavior.

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