Yusaku Maezawa to visit moon on SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket

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He paid an unspecified amount of money for the privilege. "This is my lifelong dream", Maezawa said. But he's seeking to invite the best, including musicians, painters and film directors.

"If you should hear from me, please say yes and accept my invitation". "Please say yes and accept my invitation!" Forbes has ranked him as the 14th richest person in Japan with a net worth of about $3.6 billion. He is best known elsewhere for paying a record $110 million a year ago for a 1982 painting by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. He's yet to choose the artists who will accompany him.

Like SpaceX's existing rockets, the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, the first stage can detach from the rest of the rocket and return to Earth for an upright landing.

"Their masterpieces will inspire all the dreamers that are asleep in us", he said.

The ISS orbits 254 miles (408 km) above Earth.

SpaceX's BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) could well be the most important single vehicle in the history of humankind, should the various predictions about humanity's need to eventually vacate Earth and set up colonies on Mars come true. Only 24 Americans, men and white, have done so, including the twelve who have walked on the lunar soil. I thought long and hard about how to be able to become the first private passenger to go to the Moon.

"He stepped forward", Musk added. 'We are honored that he chose us'.

'This is unsafe, to be clear.

The BFR name may also change, Musk said. "There's some chance something could go wrong". Musk hinted that the mystery person may be from Japan, tweeting a Japanese flag emoji.

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"As far as me going, I'm not sure", Musk responded. "I don't know", Musk said.

Maezawa then said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah - please, please".

A former drummer in a punk band, billionaire Maezawa, 42, will take a trip around the moon aboard its forthcoming Big Falcon Rocket spaceship, taking the race to commercialise space travel to new heights.

No one has gone to the moon since the Apollo astronauts, with the last trip in 1972.

Mr Musk said the pair had put down a "significant" deposit and were "entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here".

This isn't the first time Musk has vowed to send tourists around the Moon. The first manned flight is expected in April 2019 - a demonstration flight carrying two NASA astronauts. It's also not clear if Musk will accompany the billionaire and the group of artists on the trip.

"He has chosen us", said the mercurial founder of SpaceX, also boss of the vehicle manufacturer Tesla, whose Stock price has experienced ups and downs recently because of his antics.

Musk said the BFR is still in development and will make several unmanned test launches before it takes on passengers.

The company has revealed little else about the trip, and it's anyone's guess when it might actually happen.