Elon Musk May Accompany Yusaku Maezawa on Lunar Trip!

21 September, 2018, 04:10 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Elon Musk and Yusaku Maezawa the self-made tycoon said he had always dreamt of going to the moon. He plans to take eight artists along for the ride

He's taking along artists representing Earth who will contribute to a project called #DearMoon. He paid an unspecified amount of money for the privilege. He has accused, without proof, one of the cave divers who participated in the rescue of a Thai youth soccer team of being a pedophile. Astronauts last visited the moon during NASA's Apollo program. Twenty-four men flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972 and half of them made it to the lunar surface.

Mr Musk has said he wants the rocket to be ready for an unpiloted trip to Mars in 2022, with a crewed flight in 2024.

The 42-year-old Meazawa, billionaire founder of the largest Japanese online clothing retailer, Zozotown, won't actually land on the moon, but he'll fly around it.

Maezawa, whose net worth is estimated at $2.9 billion by Forbes, plans to work with the SpaceX team to select his fellow passengers.

Maezawa is not shy when it comes to spending his riches, as evidenced when he made headlines for shelling out a record $110.5 million for Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 painting of a skull previous year. "When I saw this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art", Maezawa said at the time.

Musk's vision of an interplanetary future may be somewhere in between dreams and delusion, but at the very least he has helped inspire a new generation of enthusiasts, the way the Apollo era did in the 1960s.

The tourism announcement comes as the company is racing to meet a tight deadline to start flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station aboard its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft.

"He stepped forward to do it". "We are honored that he chose us".

Musk tweeted that "Yusaku will be bringing eight (brave) artists and cultural figures with him on the journey around the moon".

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"This is risky, to be clear". "This is not walk in the park here".

"When you are pushing the frontier, it is not a sure thing". Maybe I would join on this trip, I don't know.

"I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself, that would be a little lonely", he said.

And the 2023 date, by the way, is far from set in stone; a lot of development and testing work will have to go well for SpaceX to hit that target, Musk said.

Now the Elon Musk show returned to the sprawling SpaceX headquarters outside Los Angeles, where the company will - whether intentionally or not - provide a prime-time diversion to the troubles surrounding its celebrity chief executive by providing details about its long-anticipated moon shot.

Asked why the company made further changes, Musk said he "did not like the aesthetics" of the previous version.

The BFR spacecraft's shape is reminiscent of the space shuttle, the bus-like United States spaceships that carried astronauts to space 135 times from 1981 to 2011.

The company noted that the trip will last about a week.

Virgin's trip will cost about $250,000. Blue Origin's price has not been revealed.

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