Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Watch SpaceX introduce its first Moon trip passenger live

Watch SpaceX introduce its first Moon trip passenger live

The 42-year-old billionaire is the founder of Zozotown and is believed to have a net worth of £2.8 billion.

Maezawa's moon flight is tentatively planned for 2023 aboard SpaceX's forthcoming Big Falcon Rocket spaceship, according to Reuters.

"Finally I can tell you that 'I choose to go to the moon, '" Maezawa said, echoing President John F. Kennedy's famous phrase.

Before he introduced Maezawa, Musk outlined his company's space travel goals, warning of a possible event that could "end civilization", adding, "We should take action and become a multi-planet civilization as soon as possible".

SpaceX is already making headlines around the world for its efforts to make spaceflight more affordable for organizations like NASA as well as private companies, but today the company will announce something truly revolutionary. Maezawa came to SpaceX with the idea for the group flight, Musk said.

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SpaceX said the moon mission is "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space".

"I wish to create wonderful works of art for humankind", Maezawa said.

With SpaceX, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic battling it out to launch private-sector spacecraft, Maezawa will join a growing list of celebrities and the ultra-rich who have secured seats on flights offered on the under-development vessels.

See ya up, there Mr. Maezawa!

It's not the same mission SpaceX founder Elon Musk outlined a year ago. The price for a SpaceX lunar mission is likely hefty, though Musk pointed out, "It's going to be free for the artists".

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In the proposed mission, scheduled for 2023, a BFR will launch and fly around the moon before returning to Earth, a flight lasting four to five days.

Musk makes much of sending people to the moon for the first time since the end of the Apollo programme on 1972. Twelve walked on the lunar surface.

Musk says the BFR will act more like a sky diver than an airplane.

SpaceX in February transfixed a global audience with the successful test launch of its Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world.

The BFR will be constructed at a SpaceX facility in Los Angeles and is being created to handle everything from missions to Earth orbit to long-term cargo and crew missions to Mars.

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Besides the changed fins, with improve the aerodynamic control of the vehicle when entering an atmosphere, the updated spaceship now has seven Raptor engines identical to the ones on the booster stage.

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