Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is going around the moon. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced that the 42-year-old will be the first official passenger of the company’s outer space tourism mission. The renowned art collector purchased all the seats on the Big Falcon Rocket, and will bring six to eight artists with him as a part of an art project he has created called #dearMoon.
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During a press conference at their headquarters in Hawthorne, California, Maezawa announced, “Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon… Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon… Just staring at the moon filled my imagination. It’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I could not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”
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The successful entrepreneur, who was once an aspiring musician, is known for Start Today and the online fashion retail website Zozotown, which is currently the largest in Japan. According to Forbes, he is the 18th richest person in Japan with an estimated net worth of $3.6 billion. The rocket that he is set to fly on is currently in development with plans to launch no earlier than 2023.
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Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, already has a cylinder section and will be about 387 feet long with a spacecraft that is around 180 feet tall. Musk said during the press conference, “Becoming a spacefaring civilization is one of those things that makes you excited about the future...that is the intent behind BFR, to make people excited about the future." Check out the image below to learn more about the exciting journey...
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