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SpaceX to announce private moon flight passenger

SpaceX to announce private moon flight passenger”

The Japanese entrepreneur has purchased all the seats on SpaceX's first manned flight around the moon, though no date for the trip has been set. The name of the tourist, who chose to pay for such an expensive trip, has just been made official.

Next month brings the 50th anniversary of Apollo 7, which included the first live television broadcast from space, while December marks 50 years since Apollo 8, which was the first human mission to fly around the moon (without landing)-basically the same route Maezawa and his crew will take.

Maezawa gained his riches by founding two major Japanese online retailers, Zozotown and Start Today, which have made him one of the wealthiest people in Japan. He also desires to take the artists with him to convert the entire trip into an art project that will be known as #dearMoon.

Maezawa said his team of artists will be recruited from around the world, adding, "If you should hear from me, please say yes and accept my invitation". With enough thrust to carry almost a hundred people all the way to Mars, it's safe to say it won't be much of a problem to carry six-eight artists including crew to the moon and back.

The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, an American businessman who in 2001 paid some $20 million to fly on a Russian spaceship to the International Space Station.

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Musk also anticipates SpaceX's Starlink satellite system to be operational by then, which he said will aid in the broadcast.

SpaceX is developing the BFR - which stands for Big Falcon Rocket, or Big F***ing Rocket - primarily to help humanity settle Mars and other worlds throughout the solar system.

Musk said the pair had paid a "significant" deposit and were "entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here". The agency sent 24 astronauts to the moon during the Apollo era, with the last of these missions taking place in 1972.

He wondered on stage what John Lennon, Coco Chanel, Michael Jackson or Andy Warhol would have created had they seen the Moon up close.

"I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself, that would be a little lonely", he said.

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"I know that sounds insane, and we don't usually meet our time lines, but I wanted you to know at least order of magnitude, that's what we're thinking", Shotwell said.

Musk cautioned at the news conference that SpaceX is not certain about the 2023 timing for the moon tourism mission.

SpaceX has already upended the space industry with its relatively low-priced reusable Falcon 9 rockets.

The latest blueprints mark the final major redesign of the rocket, whose development is expected to cost roughly $5 billion, according to Musk. The company will use the extra space to store lots of food, water, fuel and spare parts, in case something goes wrong during the flight. However, he did not reveal the total price of the tickets.

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