Japanese Billionaire Will Fly To The Moon With SpaceX, Elon Musk Says

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SpaceX will send Japanese billionaire and guests to the Moon

SpaceX, the space transportation firm of USA tech billionaire Elon Musk, announced Monday that a Japanese entrepreneur will be its first private passenger to orbit the moon.

The SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, company founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

Maezawa will invite six to eight artists of different professional and personal backgrounds - artists who represent the whole of humanity - to join him on the lunar flyby mission... with the only stipulation to their involvement being that they create works thereafter that "inspire the dreamer in all of us".

Maezawa, 42, whose net worth is US$2.3 billion, is the founder and CEO of Japan's largest e-commerce company Start Today Co.

Who will fly with the mystery passenger is among the many questions that Musk is likely to address during the announcement.

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An afternoon recap of the day's most important business news, delivered weekdays. He said he often mused about what artists like Basquiat or Andy Warhol might have come up with if they'd traveled into space. In an interview to Forbes a year ago, a passionate Maezawa said, "I'd like to emphasize in the construction (of the museum) that each work of art plays a leading role in the museum". When you're pushing the frontier, it's not a sure thing.

"This would be a long loop around the moon", stated Mr. Musk in regard to the private citizen flight of BFR.

The mission will not involve a lunar landing.

Looping a human around the moon is just the first stage of a plan that is targeted on the moon, Mars, Jupiter and beyond.

The space agency is planning its own lunar flyby with a crew around 2023. Compared to the space shuttle, modern spacecraft are highly automated, but a test pilot or two could also fly on the mission around the moon. Twelve walked on the lunar surface. "Some of Earth's greatest talents will board a spacecraft and be inspired in a way they have never been before", Maezawa's new #dearMoon website reads. Maezawa has been active in the art community for some time, including establishing the Contemporary Art Foundation in 2012 to support young artists.

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No guidance has been given on when the moon flight could happen. SpaceX was also supposed to have two paying customers take a trip around the Moon this year, using one of SpaceX's Dragon crew capsules sent aloft by a Falcon Heavy rocket.

The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, an American businessman who in 2001 paid some $20million to fly on a Russian spaceship to the International Space Station.

Back to the space trip - and this is where it gets interesting.

Musk's ultimate goal is to colonize Mars.

Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Motors, has drawn attention in recent months over his erratic behavior. The entrepreneur drew widespread condemnation after baselessly calling a British diver involved in the rescue of a trapped Thai soccer team a "pedo guy" in July.

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It's not clear whether the BFR tourism mission has any link to an announcement SpaceX made in February 2017.

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