Entrepreneur and serial pest, Elon Musk, has announced the first person he plans to blast into space on a private trip around the moon and as you’ve probably already guessed, they’re absolutely minted.
The SpaceX CEO has named the passenger as Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, who’s keen to bring six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creatives with him on the journey. They’ll be taking a weeklong trip to the moon in the recently unveiled SpaceX BFR rocket in the year 2023. They won’t be landing on it, they’ll just be doing a loop and coming back.
If you’re wondering why old mate’s keen to bring a bunch of creative people with him, well, he’s hoping they’ll be inspired to create upon their return to Earth. Nothing like a potentially deadly trip around the moon to get the creative juices flowing.
It will be the first trip to the moon since 1972. The average distance there from Earth is roughly 382,500 kilometres, which is, uh, a bloody long way.
42-year-old Maezawa is an entrepreneur and art collector who made most of his money via online retail services. According to an estimate by Forbes, he’s worth a staggering $3.6 billion, making him the 14th richest person in Japan. During today’s announcement, he said it’s been a lifelong dream of his to go to space.
The BFR is a reusable 118-metre rocket complete with its own dedicated passenger ship.
It’s a ballsy move for anyone to jump on the first commercial flight to space, not to mention extremely pricey. Even though we’ve been to the moon before, it certainly doesn’t mean getting there again is an easy feat. In fact, Musk himself has already come to terms with his own rockets exploding.
“SpaceX is going to fail in the future – rockets are going to explode, and people are going to die,” he said. “That is what everyone has to totally understand.”
Welp, I hope Maezawa and his six to eight artists understand that.
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