Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop'

James Marshall
September 24, 2018

Maezawa is a Japanese entrepreneur and art collector.

It is unclear whether that person is one of the individuals who put down deposits a year ago to take a trip around the moon in the company's Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon Heavy rocket.

Maezawa's interest in the arts is one of the key driving factors in his reasoning to head to the moon.

The 42 year old announced the news on Twitter saying "I choose to go to the moon".

"Yeah, yeah, yeah", said Maezawa.

Elon Musk's company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon.

The price tag for Maezawa's ticket isn't clear and SpaceX did not make that information public.

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"I'm not afraid at all.I trust him, and I trust [the] SpaceX team", Maezawa said. "He's ultimately paying for the average citizen to travel to other planets". He's the founder of Japan's largest online clothing retailer, Zozotown, and also has his own clothing brand call Zozo.

Maezawa's other hobby is amassing valuable works of modern art and past year, he announced the acquisition of a Jean-Michel Basquiat masterpiece worth $110.5 million.

Of course, the trip will be all expenses paid for the artists.

"I thought long and hard about how valuable it would be to the first private passenger to go to the moon".

While Maezawa says he hasn't chosen the artists he'd like to invite on this trip, but he would prefer creative minds from different fields, such as painters, musicians, film directors, dancer, etc.

"Future announcements about the project, which Maezawa is calling "#dearMoon", will be posted on a website and social media accounts under the same name.

The mission is set to launch as soon as 2023, though Musk said he couldn't be sure about that timeline yet. "Usually there are many setbacks and issues", Musk said.

Mr Musk added: "We will carry out many test flights before we put any people on board". The amount Maezawa is paying for the trip was not disclosed, but he told Reuters the total sum was "much higher" than the cost of a Basquiat painting.

"This is going to be unsafe".

The lawsuit brought by Vernon Unsworth, who helped with the rescue of 12 Thai teenagers from a flooded cave in July, seeks $75,000 (£57,000) in compensation and an injunction against Mr Musk to stop further allegations.

Musk also revealed some major design changes to the BFR.

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