SpaceX says it will identify the adventurous traveler Monday who will become the first person to travel to the moon since 1972 - although the trip won't include an actual landing. The man is Yusaku Maezawa, and he's a very, very wealth Japanese man who plans on inviting up to eight others along for the ride around the Moon and back to Earth.
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SpaceX has said it will also reveal why the person is going. These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth, and these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us. I choose to go to the moon with artists!' But he's seeking to invite the best, including musicians, painters and film directors.
"That is the intent of BFR, to make people excited about the future", said Musk, referring to the yet-to-be-built spaceship.
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.
It appeared to confirm some design changes to the spaceship, including three large fins near the back and a black heat-shield on the craft's underside. The company's upcoming reusable rocket is slated to cost $5 billion to develop over the coming years.
The first BFR is now being built in a purpose-built warehouse in Florida. Longer, high-velocity orbital flights will be planned for 2020 or 2021.
SpaceX will take a Japanese billionaire on a trip around the Moon
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 also mentioned that SpaceX spends less than five percent of its budget on the BFR, but it could increase.
The trip is expected to take several days, and is slated for 2023.
Over the weekend, Musk shared new renderings of the Big Falcon Rocket. "It has so much advanced technology", he said.
Mr Musk added: "We will carry out many test flights before we put any people on board".
Online fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa will fly around the moon as part of a SpaceX mission.
An off-the-cuff tweet also left investors reeling after Musk said he planned to take Tesla, his electric auto company, private. "There are chances something go wrong" and "you have to be a fearless person to do that". Musk thanked Maezawa for his bravery, and for helping to fund the BFR's development with his purchase.
Only 24 humans have visited the Moon - all of them Americans; 12 of them landed on the moon.