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Japanese man to be 1st private moon flight passenger

Japanese man to be 1st private moon flight passenger

The announcement of this trip, is one of many steps SpaceX has taken to realize the company and the Big Falcon Rocket's mission: "To help advance rocket technology to a point where we could potentially become a multi-planet species and a true spacefaring civilization", Elon Musk said during a press briefing tonight. Had SpaceX followed through with that plan, it could have returned humans to the moon near the 50th anniversary of NASA's historic Apollo 8 mission around the moon in December 1968.

"If you should hear from me, please say yes and accept my invitation".

Speaking at the event, he said: "Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon!"

"Overall, I think it's a little ridiculous". Maezawa has not yet chosen the artists who will accompany him and will be looking at top candidates from a wide range of disciplines, including painters, musicians, fashion designer, photographers, filmmakers, and architects. The excited future space traveler exclaimed at the event, "I choose to go to the moon". These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth, and these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us.

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The exact price that Maezawa paid has not been released, although he says that it will be free for the accompanying artists. He lives in Houston and has visited the SpaceX headquarters in California.

The BFR's development cost should reach $5 billion, Musk revealed.

Musk described the first two tests as happening within two to three years, according to the Washington Post, and Maezawa's launch date as sometime in 2023. The 180-foot-long (55 m) spaceship can accommodate 100 people, but SpaceX wants to keep numbers way down on the lunar flyaround, Musk said.

However, Musk said that rocket would not be certified to carry people, which ruled out a round-the-moon trip on a Falcon Heavy. Musk praised Maezawa's bravery for seeking to be the first passenger on the trip. The company has grown from its origins as a mail-order music album business, and now makes most of its money through its shopping website Zozotown, which is popular with younger domestic consumers. "I don't know", Musk said.

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"As far as me going, I'm not sure", Musk responded.

He says it's been his lifelong dream to go into space. If all had gone according to schedule, SpaceX would now be gearing up for its first lunar flight, fulfilling its pledge early past year to launch a pair of tourists "faster and farther into the solar system than any before them".

Originally, Maezawa had purchased from SpaceX a circumlunar voyage to be completed using the company's Crew Dragon atop SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket - which conducted its highly successful maiden flight on 6 February 2018 from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center, sending Mr. Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster into a slightly-farther than Mars distance heliocentric (around the Sun) orbit. Initially, SpaceX had planned to use Falcon Heavy rockets to launch the crew, but the company has made a decision to use its newly designed Big Falcon Rocket which is now under construction.

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