Japan fashion guru Maezawa lands first SpaceX moon flight

Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Fla

The 42-year-old entrepreneur appeared at an event Monday evening at the space launch company's headquarters.

On Monday, SpaceX revealed the mystery passenger who would be taking the first private flight to the moon.

An art lover with a vision, the Japanese entrepreneur has chose to not just buy a seat on the rocket, but every seat available-in fact he's already made a down payment that will help with BFR development costs.

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.

Maezawa will be the first person to go to the moon since the U.S. Apollo missions ended in 1972. Once the artists return to the Earth, they will compose a work inspired by their experience.

Caceres speculated that SpaceX is planning the moon trip as "kind of a backup in case their plans to go to Mars just take a lot longer than they thought".

He'll be the first private passenger to visit the moon in the company's much hyped Big Falcon Rocket - if the launch happens.

Yusaku Maezawa is the first passenger to book a trip to the moon on a SpaceX rocket.

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Maezawa revealed that he'd purchased all seats on the first crewed flight of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket - a new launch system that's being created to colonize Mars.

SpaceX announced on Monday night that its first moonshot passenger will be Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire estimated by Forbes to be the 18th-richest person in Japan. "These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us", he told reporters.

Maezawa and his team of artists will not land on the moon.

Maezawa, a prolific collector of modern art, said he planned to bring six to eight artists with him aboard the BFR, which stands for Big Falcon Rocket. It's expected that the Falcon will attempt at a test flight to Mars in 2022 and a manned mission to Mars by 2024. But is it actually a new version of SpaceX's BFR? The Moon-bound spacecraft will consist of two parts: a 191-foot rocket booster and a 157-foot spaceship.

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.

Boeing is working in parallel to get its CST-100 Starliner capsule ready for crewed flights to and from the space station.

No matter who SpaceX has signed for its "BFR Lunar Mission", the company is hyping it as an epic trip.

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