19 September 2018_campuscad
American private Space travel and explorer startup SpaceX now have a committed and paid traveler Yusaku Maezawa to the moon by 2023.
Yusaku Maezawa, Japanese businessmen and former rock band singer is the first private passenger to the moon. The announcement made in the press conference in Hawthorne, California in SpaceX event.
“Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the Moon! I choose to go to the moon with artists!” said by Yusaku Maezawa in an event on Monday.
The Japanese billionaire always made headlines in the Japanese media with his colorful nature. He created the Japan’s largest clothing line ZOZOTOWN. His net worth is around $2.9 billion according to the Forbes.
SpaceX is developing the largest rocket named BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) on the earth to lift 100 People with payload and travel to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO said, BFR required around $5 billion in development and Mr. Maezawa already paid a significant amount to start development of the BFR.
The mission is planned for 2023 and several test flights will be carried out before placing passenger on the capsule to travel around the moon. The website has been launched to provide update on the trip (https://dearmoon.earth/).
Yusaku Maezawa adores the artists and wants to travel with the artist during the flight. He wants take 6 to 8 artist from different places and culture like film directors, Painters, Singer, writers along with him on the trip to experience and create art after the trip which could be inspirational for the generation to come.
The trip for the artist will be free of cost and Maezawa already booked all the seats on the first private trip to the moon.
Billionaire is famous for his art collections and paid almost $110 million for 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat named untitled in 2017.
The distance between Earth and the Moon is 382,500 kilometers and trip will be of 5-7 days.
The last visited humans to lunar surface were NASA astronauts from Apollo mission between 1968-1972.(NASA sent Parker solar probe to visit the Sun. Read more here.)