SpaceX has announced that the Japanese billionaire as well as online fashion tycoon named Yusaku Maezawa. He will be the first man to fly on the new SpaceX rocket. The rocket will take the tour around the Moon in the year 2023 as he plans to bring about six to eight artists along with it.
Yusaku Maezawa, who is 42 years old will be first lunar traveler since the last US Apollo mission in the year 1972. The amount that he had given is still unspecified till now as the amount of money has not disclosed about the money.
Maezawa said at SpaceX headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne, California that he has dreamed of going to the moon since he was a child. This was his lifelong dream, as said by him on late Monday.
Maezawa is currently the chief executive of Japan’s online fashion mall and also the world’s 18th richest person in Japan. His fortune was worth about $3 billion, as per business magazine Forbes. The other hobby of Maezawa is it can amass the valuable works of the modern art. During the last year, he had announced about the acquisition of Jean-Michel Basquiat masterpiece whose worth is about 4110.5 million. He said that his love of art had led him to decide that they artists will become along. He added by saying that he would like to invite about 6 to 8 artists around the world to join him on this mission.
He said he is doing this so that after they reach back to Earth, the artist can able to portrait the things that he saw on the moon as a memory for lifelong. Till now, it was only Americans who have gone to the Moon. A total of about 24 astronauts of NASA had taken the voyaged to the Moon which is during the Apollo era of the 1960 and 70s time. Out of 24, only 12 have walked on the lunar surface.
CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk has described as Maezawa who is the bravest and best adventurer. Musk said that he would not reveal the price that Maezawa paid for this moon trip as it would be free for the artists.
The moon ride will be taken on abroad a Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) which may not be ready for the humans till next five years from now.