Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

SpaceX set to identify first paying passenger for trip aroound the moon

SpaceX set to identify first paying passenger for trip aroound the moon

However, Musk did say that Maezawa brought the idea to him and that the Japanese billionaire's money will help fund development of Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which the company plans to use for the lunar flight - and eventually, for a flight to Mars.

Elon Musk's company, Space X, made the announcement at their headquarters in California on Monday.

Maezawa's interest in the arts is one of the key driving factors in his reasoning to head to the moon.

The identity of the traveler will be released at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, during an event held early on Tuesday morning at 2am United Kingdom time. Twenty-four NASA astronauts flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972, and only 12 of them strolled its dusty surface.

A 42-year-old Japanese billionaire entrepreneur with a passion for collecting art, Maezawa wondered what masterpieces could have been created if only his favorite artists had had the opportunity to fly to the moon. "I choose to go to the moon with artists!"

Today SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell was quoted as saying that the company had its "eyes on the prize" for an initial BFR flight to Mars in 2024, although she acknowledged that SpaceX's timelines often slip to the right.

Smiling widely, Maezawa said: "Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the Moon".

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"I hope that this project will inspire the dreamer within each of us". "This is my lifelong dream", Maezawa said. The BFR is a 35-storey-tall rocket created to launch and land like the SpaceX Falcon 9, but instead of satellites it will carry dozens of passengers on board.

NASA's Apollo 8 mission took off on December 21, 1968, sending astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders on a flight to orbit the moon.

NASA plans to launch astronauts on a trip into an orbit beyond the moon during the second flight of the agency's new Space Launch System rocket in the 2022 timeframe, almost 55 years after Apollo 8.

"It's not 100 percent certain that we succeed in getting this to flight [by 2023]", Musk said.

During Monday night's announcement, Musk said the whole objective of SpaceX is to "help advance rocket technology to the point where we could potentially become a multi-planet species", and to "extend life beyond Earth and do so as quickly as we can".

Boeing is also hard at work on its crew vehicle, with pioneering flights planned for 2019 as well.

On top of the announcement Musk shared concept art and early designs for the Big Falcon Rocket on Twitter.

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