SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon

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"I want to share this experience and things with as many people as possible", Maezawa said.

That's right, six to eight artists "that represent Earth", will be invited by Maezawa to join him on his mission to the moon. He will ask them to create works based on their experience as part of a project called #dearMoon.

"At the same time I thought about how I can give back to the world and how this can contribute to world peace". "These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us". While the trip to the moon is, in and of itself, a fairly bold undertaking, realistically it's just the first step towards Musk's ultimate goal of being the person that facilitated humanity's move to living on two separate planets.

Elon Musk and SpaceX are hoping to leap forward in the race surrounding commercial space travel with a vessel that has the capacity for 100 people in 40 cabins.

The mission is slated to launch as soon as 2023.

SpaceX released this dramatic illustration of its BFR spacecraft with the moon.

According to Musk's presentation [PDF] a year ago, the mighty BFR will stand 118 metres tall when erected on its launchpad, and will be able to lift 150 tons into low Earth orbit with the help of a massive central booster, making it the most powerful rocket ever to fly.

"There could be some natural or man made event that ends life as we know it", he said.

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Tech visionary Musk intends to revolutionize transportation, both on earth and in space, and the way humans lead their lives. "There has been a lot of hype about what is going to happen in space, and then we see little change as time passes". He also mentioned that SpaceX spends less than five percent of its budget on the BFR, but it could increase. Musk recalled the team only had four chances to get the rocket successfully into low-Earth orbit - and it only succeeded on its fourth and final try.

Musk himself has had a rocky year.

"This is something that makes you glad to be a human being". "I wish to create unbelievable works of art for humankind, for children of the next generation", he said.

SpaceX has named Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa as the first paying passenger for the company's ambitious 2023 moon mission.

Those who have signed up to fly on Virgin Galactic sub-orbital missions include actor Leonardo DiCaprio and pop star Justin Bieber. Musk hinted that the mystery person may be from Japan, tweeting a Japanese flag emoji.

The response tweet sent Musk's fanbase into a myriad of speculations. But production bottlenecks have plagued the company, with much of its future banked on the Model 3, its first mid-price, mass-market vehicle.

Prior to the announcement on Monday, Musk took to Twitter to show off two new images of the BFR.