Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to be SpaceX’s first Moon tourist

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to be SpaceX’s first Moon tourist

42-year-old Maezawa is the founder of Zozotown, Japan's largest clothing marketplace that has operations in more than 72 countries and did $76 billion in sales last fiscal year. The CEO wants to invite between six to eight artists from various backgrounds and different places throughout the world up to the moon trip with him.

"Finally I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon!"

It's worth remembering that even a rocket beginning integrated systems tests - expected to commence with BFR as early as late 2019 - can end up looking and being nearly nothing like the vehicle that ultimately rolls off the assembly line and launches real missions.

Given that this new BFR rocket, as it's dubbed, has yet to be built, the flight presumably is at least a few years off.

Musk also used the announcement to announce some changes to the BFR design, focused on the upper stage, or spaceship, portion.

Elon Musk will announce the name of the passenger and describe the lunar mission. Had SpaceX followed through with that plan, it could have returned humans to the moon near the 50th anniversary of NASA's historic Apollo 8 mission around the moon in December 1968.

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You'll recall Unsworth was critical of Elon's efforts to build a mini-submarine to help with the rescue. Mr Musk later accused Mr Unsworth of moving to Thailand to "be with a bride who was about 12 years old".

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. He also said he hasn't decided who will join him in 2023 for the launch. The spacecraft is meant to buzz around the moon without landing. The company's Space Dragon crew capsule, which is meant to take astronauts to the International Space Station, missed an initial target date of 2017 and won't see a manned test until 2019.

Virgin Galactic, founded by British tycoon Richard Branson, and billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's rocket company Blue Origin, are working on trips to the edge of space that could offer tourists a chance at weightlessness for 10 minutes or so. "But we're going to do everything humanly possible to bring it to flight as fast as we can and as safely as we can".

Russian and Chinese companies are also working on space tourism plans.

Musk also tweeted his appreciation for NASA, NASA's history and National Security missions.

Last week, video of him smoking marijuana during a podcast appearance sent Tesla shares tumbling.

SpaceX announced September 17 that a Japanese billionaire will be paying an undisclosed but significant sum to buy a flight of the company's next-generation rocket for a flight around the moon carrying a group of artists. "And late Sunday, Musk further fueled the anticipation by tweeting out artist renderings of the massive launch vehicle that SpaceX is developing to fly into deep space, with a simple message: "#OccupyMars".

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