Elon Musk names first passenger for SpaceX Moon flight

Cesar Mills
September 23, 2018

Maezawa, 42, will take his trip round the moon in SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship and will be the first man to travel to Earth's only natural satellite since the U.S. ended its Apollo missions in 1972.

The 42-year-old entrepreneur plans to take a group of artists with him on the flight slated for 2023.

SpaceX has just revealed on their webcast who will be the lucky first private passenger on the BFR to go around the moon in a weeklong trip.

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. The event, held in SpaceX's Southern California headquarters, will be broadcast live via a YouTube stream.

No one has gone to the moon since the Apollo astronauts, with the last trip in 1972.

He wondered on stage what John Lennon, Coco Chanel, Michael Jackson or Andy Warhol would have created had they seen the Moon up close.

He built his fortune founding the company Start Today and popular online fashion retailer Zozotown.

Between six and eight artists will join the expedition called Dear Moon, which is now planned for 2023.

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SpaceX had previously announced in 2017 that two then-unnamed passengers had booked passage for a Lunar flyby in a Falcon Heavy rocket that was to launch in 2018.

Well, what sounds like science fiction might soon be a reality, as Elon Musk announced the company's first passenger for the Moon trip.

"SpaceX has signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle - an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space", SpaceX tweeted last Thursday night. It's expected that the Falcon will attempt at a test flight to Mars in 2022 and a manned mission to Mars by 2024.

The 106 metre (347 feet) long ship was first announced a year ago, and Musk said the ship will contain up to 40 cabins which will have enough space for 100 people.

Oh, and he also spends millions of dollars collecting valuable works of art, and is keen to inspire artists with this monumental spaceflight - so he's offering free seats to creators on board SpaceX' BFR rocket.

Musk said the BFR, or the Big Falcon Rocket, was still in development. Rest assured Maezawa, I won't say no.

On top of all that, SpaceX said that the BFR will be 100 percent reusable, making the trip "economically feasible". "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".

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