The First Space Tourist Ever
September 19, 2018 by Jack Anderson
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company will build a mission that will send the very first tourist into Space. Titled Dear Moon, the mission is already having its first ever Space passenger, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Both Maezawa and Musk appeared in a Webcast to share the news.
The mission will consist of a round-the-Moon trip on board of SpaceX's spaceship BFR - officially Big Falcon Rocket and unofficially Big F****** Rocket. While the amount has not been shared, Maezawa's ticket will be a massive contribution into the overall project.
Maezawa will be joined by six to eight other artists in this trip, that should take place sometime in 2023, five years from now.
In case you are wondering (and you probably are), the Space tourists will not walk the Moon. As of today, only twelve people have had the privilege to touch the surface of the Moon.
During the announcement, entrepreneur Maezawa insisted that Musk joins him in this adventure. “Maybe we’ll both be on it,” replied SpaceX and Tesla's CEO.
Interestingly, no Human being has traveled beyond the Earth's orbit since the Apollo 17 Moon mission, which ended in December 1972.
Maezawa knows that there will be major risks and that he may ultimately die trying to achieve his dream. But love transcended his fear. “Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Moon,” Maezawa said.
on 2019-08-07 17:24:45 ET
So you're saying he'll go to the MOON but he won't HODL?