SpaceX Is Sending 8 Artists To The Moon For Free With Its First Space Tourist
By Yoon Sann Wong, 18 Sep 2018
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Several hours ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced the aerospace company’s first space tourist, Yusaku Maezawa, who would fly to the moon aboard its ‘Big Falcon Rocket’ (‘BFR’).
Now, it’s been revealed that the Japanese billionaire, who’s also an entrepreneur and avid art collector, will be joined by eight other artists and cultural figures aboard the flight, all of who will fly for free because Maezawa has paid a substantial, undisclosed down payment and apparently bought out the entire flight.
The news has already set creatives abuzz, with some responding to Musk’s Twitter thread, asking him to “pick me please.”
The mission, scheduled for 2023, will send the individuals looping around the moon but not landing on it. Maezawa will select six to eight creative individuals, ranging from painters, fashion designers, architects, and sculptors, to join him on the space endeavor.
When Maezawa asked Musk to join the crew, the CEO did not rule out the opportunity through the response, “Maybe we’ll both be on it.”
Musk commended Maezawa for his bravery and expressed his honor at Maezawa choosing to step forward as SpaceX’s first space tourist. Musk, however, stressed that this is no “walk in the park” and that it is a “dangerous [mission], to be clear.”
Since young, the moon has captivated Maezawa. To share his excitement, Maezawa started a dearmoon.earth website especially for this project.
‘BFR’ is the rocket that SpaceX intends to use to send people to ‘#OccupyMars’.
Video screenshot via #dearMoon
The first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard BFR is fashion innovator and globally recognized art curator Yusaku Maezawa.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 18, 2018
Yusaku will be bringing 8 (brave) artists & cultural figures with him on the journey around the moon! https://t.co/PCU23HYTa9— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2018
i’m an astrophotographer pick me pls pic.twitter.com/FwfXgDqhQk— abdul (@Advil) September 18, 2018
Maybe it’ll be me 🤔 maybe...— Everyday Astronaut (@Erdayastronaut) September 18, 2018
Look, I only draw a little, but...— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) September 18, 2018
Lasting about a week, the journey will come as close as 125 miles to the Moon’s surface before completing lunar transit and returning back to Earth. pic.twitter.com/1P4HSHxaNU— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 18, 2018
[via space.com and ABS-CBN News, video via #dearMoon, main image via Shutterstock]
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