Billionaire Fashion Retailer Yusaku Maezawa to Become SpaceX’s First Moon Tourist

Elon Musk SpaceX BFR announcement

Yusaku Maezawa has been announced as the first person to fly around the moon as part of Elon Musk's SpaceX project. His plan is to bring with him six to eight artists from various disciplines, including film, architecture, painting, sculpture and photography, with the goal that upon their return to Earth they create works inspired by the experience.

"Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon", the business tycoon said in a news conference held Monday evening at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

The 42-year-old Meazawa, billionaire founder of the largest Japanese online clothing retailer, Zozotown, won't actually land on the moon, but he'll fly around it.

He said that Maezawa came to SpaceX with the idea for the group flight. Moreover, he is also known as the one who paid a record of $110 million for a 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat previous year. Maezawa says he has often wondered what Basquiat might have drawn if he had traveled into space.

"I wish to create fantastic works of art for humankind", Maezawa said. "Yeah, maybe we will both be on it". He says the rocket will have to be tested many times before a human passengers are launched. The reusable 118-meter (387-foot) rocket will have its own dedicated passenger ship.

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Power outages in the Southeast also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 245,000, almost all in North Carolina. Duke Energy said there are 209,478 customers without power across North Carolina, 3,684 of them in Mecklenburg County.

The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 237,685 miles (382,500 kilometers).

Maezawa's trip to the moon will be made on board a BFR, which is now still in development.

NASA is shooting for its own flyby of the moon, with a crew, around 2023.

It also aims to build a staffed gateway near the moon during the 2020s. Twenty-four NASA astronauts flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972, and only 12 of them strolled its dusty surface. In 2012, he started the Tokyo-based Contemporary Art Foundation to support young artists. He is an avid art collector, and in 2016 he spent $80 million on paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso, two artists he cited as inspirations during Monday's event. Annual sales totaled more than 98 billion yen ($890 million) in the fiscal year that ended in March.

It's not the same mission SpaceX founder Elon Musk outlined previous year. "As far as me going, I'm not sure", Musk said.

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They included three who died "due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways", the Duplin County Sheriff's Office reported. On the coast of the river break their banks and torrents of water flooded farms and farmland, our homes and cities.

Wondering how much he paid for this private ticket?

The trip is expected to take off in 2023 using the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket, the most powerful rocket flying today.

According to The New York Times, seven people have paid to go to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

As the Post noted, it's been remarkably successful with "34 straight successful rocket launches over the last 20 months" and a "massive backlog of commercial launch contracts".

SpaceX already has a long list of firsts, with its sights ultimately set on Mars.

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South Korea will station around 20 officials there, while the North will deploy 15-20 officials. The U.S. envoy visited Seoul earlier this week and held talks with his counterpart Lee.

SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon.

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