First private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

First private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

If all goes according to plan, Maezawa and his artist crew may become the first people to fly SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket - a new launch system that's being created to colonize Mars - and also the first-ever private lunar tourist in history. "These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us", he told reporters.

The CEO of SpaceX, Musk is also the CEO of Tesla, and has recently been the subject of controversy after alleging that a cave diver who rescued stranded boys was a "pedo".

The company considered the would-be trip an "important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space". "Ever since I was a kid I have a loved the moon, just staring at the moon fuelled my imagination", Maezawa.

In an interview in March, Musk said the ship was now being built, adding "I think we'll probably be able to do short flights, short sort of up-and-down flights, probably sometime in the first half of next year".

According to Wired, SpaceX signed a lease in April close to its existing headquarters, where it will build the BFR.

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Maezawa - described by SpaceX as a "fashion innovator" and "globally recognized art curator" - will be the first human to embark on a lunar mission since 1972, when the last Apollo mission went down. "Some of Earth's greatest talents will board a spacecraft and be inspired in a way they have never been before", Maezawa's new #dearMoon website reads.

Musk said he would not reveal the price Maezawa paid for the Moon trip, but said it would be 'free for the artists'.

It's unclear what kind of training Maezawa will go through before touring the moon.

After people responded with questions, Musk weighed in and confirmed that the render of the Big Falcon Rocket, which is still in development, is new and "intentionally" created to resemble one seen in a classic Tintin comic. Whoever the mystery passenger is will be among the first space tourists to fly with a commercial company.

NASA has also hired SpaceX and Boeing to develop commercial space trips from the US.

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The capacity will eventually be 100 tonnes, said Elon Musk, but the rocket will always be able to reach the Moon and, one day, Mars.

Whatever the details, SpaceX is touting an experience considerably more ambitious than space tourism plans under development by other private companies.

The BFR will stand about 387 feet (118 meters) tall, and both its rocket and spaceship components will be reusable.

"I'd like to introduce the first paying customer", Musk said before bringing out Maezawa at a company event, which was livestreamed. He also encouraged Musk to join the mission.

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