Billionaire bringing guests to the moon

Billionaire bringing guests to the moon

As part of its preparations to create a spacecraft that can fly people to Mars, SpaceX is building what it's named a BFR-which stands for the Big Falcon Rocket-that will approach the Moon without landing, via a path similar to the one that Apollo 8's astronauts took on a December 1968 mission. While the artists haven't been selected, it seems to be a personal desire to bring the artists with him.

In a letter shared on the website for "Dear Moon", Maezawa wrote: "People are creative and have a great imagination".

Mr Musk has said he wants the rocket to be ready for an unpiloted trip to Mars in 2022, with a crewed flight in 2024.

SpaceX revealed the first passenger its signed up to fly to the moon on Monday for one very expensive art project.

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Mr Maezawa, 42, is one of Japan's most colourful executives and is a regular fixture in the country's gossipy weeklies with his collection of foreign and Japanese art, fast cars and celebrity girlfriend. A video presentation about him said he believes art can help usher in world peace. The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,000 miles.

"He's a very courageous person to do this", Musk said of the Japanese entrepreneur. "If you should hear from me, please say yes and accept my invitation". He also encouraged Musk to join the mission.

"Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon", he said.

"Maybe we'll both be on it", Musk said with a smile. He calls the project #dearmoon. The mission is set for 2023, if all goes well.

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Maezawa made his fortune by founding the wildly popular shopping site Zozotown. Moreover, he is also known as the one who paid a record of $110 million for a 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat previous year. That flight, which SpaceX announced in February 2017, was to launch atop the company's Falcon Heavy rocket before the end of 2018.

The flight will be made aboard the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS).

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said at a conference outside Washington earlier Monday that she hoped the spaceship would be making short test flights next year.

"I know that sounds insane, and we don't usually meet our time lines, but I wanted you to know at least order of magnitude, that's what we're thinking", Shotwell said. "That's why I could not pass up the opportunity to see the moon up close".

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Unlike Musk's Tesla, SpaceX has avoided most of the CEO's self-inflicted controversies (including a defamation lawsuit, ill-advised tweets, and personal drama). The BFR is expected to begin testing next year. He showed off images of the hardware under construction and a test fire of the vehicle's massive Raptor engine. Musk has loudly touted the potential for the BFR to lead interplanetary colonisation efforts; the Verge wrote that Musk said the updated design is a roughly 387-foot-long (118 metre) two-stage vessel capable of carrying 100 metric tonnes of cargo to a theoretical future Mars colony if refuelled in orbit.

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