SpaceX First Private Passenger To Fly Around Moon is a Japanese Billionaire

It is believed that the humans arose 200,000 years ago in Africa and gained behavioral modernity in the last 50,000 years. Humans are considered the smartest and fastest evolving beings on Earth. However smart humans have become, we are still a minute part of the ever-expanding universe which is full of secrets.

Humans, in order to unveil exciting secrets about how the universe started and to discover the possibility of another life source in nearby or far-away celestial bodies, have made many attempts to reach out in the universe but have succeeded only to reach till moon (satellites have reached till end of solar system but no humans have gone farther than moon).

Elon Musk is one smart entrepreneur who is recognized as the next Steve Jobs in terms of popularity. The star entrepreneur, known for Tesla Motors, The Boring Company (Tunnel) and SpaceX is worth more than $20 Billion and works hard for his mission to produce the best electric cars and also send humans to Mars one day. For the uninitiated, his company SpaceX is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company which aims to make space travel cheaper and faster.

First Private citizen to go to Moon

Recently, Elon announced that Yusaku Maezawa, founder of the online Japanese clothing company Zozo, has signed up for a trip around the moon aboard a SpaceX rocket. Yusaku Maezawa is going to be the first private citizen to go to Moon.

First private citizen to go to moon

“Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon,” Mr Maezawa shouted in a conference held recently with Elon.

In recent interactions at the conference, it was revealed that Mr Maezawa is to ride a yet-to-be-built rocket known as the B.F.R. on a journey that would take 4 to 5 days. The rocket would not be ready for the trip until 2023, Musk said and would cost from $2 billion to $10 billion to develop. “I don’t think it’s more than 10, and I don’t think it’s less than two,” Musk said.

Mr Maezawa said he’d like to bring five to eight artists aboard the trip, part of a project he called ‘Dear Moon’. “I choose to go to the moon, with artists,” Mr Maezawa said in the recent interaction.

SpaceX has begun work on the B.F.R., which is said to be the next-generation rocket of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy recently introduced by the company. For the curious ones, in B.F.R., ‘B’ stands for ‘Big’ and ‘R’ stands for Rocket. Interestingly, the company has not yet revealed what does ‘F’ mean here but some people think it may stand for ‘Falcon’. The B.F.R is said to be able to carry 100 passengers to Mars in the future.

Talking about the billionaire businessman who paid for this dreamy trip, Mr Maezawa was in news in 2017 when he paid whopping $110 million for 1982 painting. Even the sellers were surprised to receive such an unexpected amount by him.

In the conference, when asked whether a trip around the moon was the best way to spend his fortune, Mr Maezawa supported the humanitarian efforts of other entrepreneurs, but said, through a translator, “I want to contribute to society in a different way.”

“So maybe ten years from now, people will be laughing I paid so much, but somebody needs to make the first payment,” he added. “Otherwise, space development is not going to evolve. That’s why I think I should be the one to do this.”

Elon said that the rocket would be test launched many times in the years to come, including possibly an uncrewed flight around the moon before Mr Maezawa and the artists went aboard. “That would be wise,” Musk said.

“This is a dangerous mission,” Elon said. “Definitely dangerous.”

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During the interview, the 42-year-old Maezawa said that he trusted the SpaceX team. “Everyone around me, they are very supportive of my adventures,” he said.

Mr Musk, when he was asked on the stage when he would go to space, was uncertain. “He did suggest that maybe I would join on this trip,” he said. “I don’t know.”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” Mr Maezawa said. “Please.” “Maybe we’ll both be on it,” Mr Musk said.

Until now, only 24 people have made the quarter-million-mile journey to the moon — all NASA astronauts during the Apollo program in the 1960s and 1970s. Mr Maezawa would be on a similar route and will not land on the moon.

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