Japanese billionaire to be first tourist to Moon: SpaceX

SpaceX are blasting a tourist around the moon to test their massive new rocket

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Everybody loves to explore, just like we do at Space Center Houston. Initially, SpaceX had planned to use Falcon Heavy rockets to launch the crew, but the company has chose to use its newly designed Big Falcon Rocket which is now under construction. And he also allowed him to take on his trip eight yet unnamed "artists and cultural figures".

He said, 'I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon.

SpaceX put out the teaser via Twitter late Thursday, and Musk also tweeted out the news.

At a SpaceX event on Monday in Los Angeles, Musk did not clarify how much Maezawa would pay for the journey, according to TechCrunch.

An enthusiastic art collector, he is known for dramatic splurges. A video presentation about him said he believes art can help usher in world peace.

Instead of the 24-hour light-dark cycle, we experience on earth, outer space travellers will see a sunrise and sunset every 92 minutes, which is likely to have an effect on their sleep pattern, so sleeping pills are required to ensure that they get to sleep.

An art lover with a vision, the Japanese entrepreneur has chose to not just buy a seat on the rocket, but every seat available-in fact he's already made a down payment that will help with BFR development costs.

"I'm really excited, really honored", he said.

Maezawa's project will be called Dear Moon.

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The Japanese billionaire has made a down payment for the mission, but the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Musk would not say what the trip would cost, but did say that the design of the almost 400-foot tall rocket had evolved recently, with the first flights to orbit coming in two to three years.

Yusaku Maezawa made his fortune selling clothes online.

In February this year a global audience was transfixed by the successful test launch of the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world that was originally lined up to take space tourists to the moon - before being set aside for that goal in favour of the BFR. It's envisioned as a base for exploration of the moon, Mars and beyond. Musk said. "We should have one and go there". "And it sounds insane but everything we've ever done has sounded insane to people, both people that love us and people that don't like us so much".

SpaceX/YouTube Musk released the proposed trajectory of the first lunar SpaceX flight with a paying customer, which could take place as early as 2023. With SpaceX, he's described his mission as nothing short of making humans a multi-planetary species.

The Big Falcon Rocket is the most powerful rocket in human history and it'll one day carry humans into space. Since then, NASA has relied on Russian Federation to ferry astronauts to the space station. That mission, which would have used the company's Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon capsule, never happened.

Musk said SpaceX would conduct several uncrewed test launches of the BFR. Musk estimated the total BFR system would cost around $5bn to develop, perhaps as much as $10bn and more than $2bn. Since the last iteration it has sprouted fins, added an engine, changed the window design, altered the length, and tinkered with other features.

The Japanese billionaire who will become the first ever private tourist to fly around the moon. Maezawa launched his online fashion retail website Zozotown in 2004.

The BFR is essentially a 48m long spaceship attached to the top of a reusable 36m rocket booster.

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