I choose to go to the Moon with artists!

SpaceX Japanese billionaire first tourist to fly to moon

SpaceX co-founder Elon Musk may accompany the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the first passenger SpaceX considers to fly around the moon.

"I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon", he said.

A former drummer in a punk band, Maezawa's moon flight is tentatively planned for 2023 aboard SpaceX's forthcoming Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship, taking the race to commercialize space travel to new heights. He wishes his guests "to see the moon up close, and the Earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience", he says.

Maezawa said his interest in the moon started as a child.

SpaceX has said it will also reveal why the person is going. "There are so many artists with us today that I wish could create incredible works of art for humankind, for children of the next generation".

"He's a very fearless person to do this", Mr Musk said of the Japanese entrepreneur. Musk would not say what the trip would cost, but did say that the design of the almost 400-foot tall rocket had evolved recently, with the first flights to orbit coming in two to three years.

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On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more.

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.

In 2008, Markowsky formally announced that he wanted to paint on the surface of the moon by 2030.

The much hyped mission is expected to take off in 2023, and it would be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.

A Vancouver artist thinks his skills make him an excellent candidate to go on a space ship to the moon.

Musk has put NASA and the Air Force - which collaborates with the space agency in myriad ways - in the awkward position of having to respond to controversial conduct recently. He is an avid art collector, and in 2016 he spent $80 million on paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso, two artists he cited as inspirations during Monday's event.

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The trip was organized by the Virginia-based company Space Adventures, which has since sent several more paying customers on spaceflights. It's estimated that each one has paid up to $35 million for the trip.

Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Motors, has drawn attention in recent months over his erratic behaviour.

The first space tourist pointed out that he already paid for the reservation of all the seats on the SpaceX BFR rocket.

He's planning to take six to eight artists with him, and he won't be charging them for the ride.

The British diver, Vernon Unsworth, sued Musk for defamation on Monday and is seeking more than $75,000. The device wasn't used and in the interview, Unsworth called it a "PR stunt" and said it wouldn't have worked to free the boys who were trapped in the flooded cave.

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