The 42-year-old Maezawa has a current net worth of $2.9 billion, and is an avid art collector who last year paid $110.5 million for a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Twenty-four men flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972, and half of them made it to the lunar surface. SpaceX BFR: Here's What We Know About ItElon Musk recently tweeted two new renders of the SpaceX BFR, giving space enthusiasts a glimpse of what to expect from the groundbreaking rocket. Musk, who revealed that it was actually Maezawa who approached SpaceX with the idea for the flight, declined to disclose how much the Japanese billionaire paid for the flight.
SpaceX made the announcement from its headquarters in Hawthorne, California - not far from where the Emmy awards were being handed out in Los Angeles on Monday evening. If Musk and SpaceX are successful, though, the SpaceX BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) moon mission stream could go down as one of the biggest events of the 21st century. "I want to be clear".
Musk shared some exciting details about the planned space trip.
Maezawa intends to take a combination of painters, musicians, dancers, photographers, film directors, fashion designers and architects on a weeklong lunar loop, where he'll get to watch as they get inspired and create art along the way.
Musk said, "it's risky, to be clear". He plans to offer the remaining seats to six to eight of his favorite artists for free (please tell me at least one of these artists is going to be Azealia Banks). At this point in history, only 24 humans have ever traveled to the moon.
Shotwell also said the full rocket could reach orbit for the first time in 2020 and possibly deliver cargo to the Moon or Mars in 2022. That's when the company announced it would send two paying customers on a trip around the Moon in 2018 aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket, which became the most powerful operational rocket in the world after its maiden voyage earlier this year. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has already put a $5 million deposit down to save his spot on the first of these trips.
The company considered the would-be trip an "important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".