Photogallery: SpaceX's first Moon voyage customer is Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa
Japanese billionaire, art curator and fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private passenger to the moon aboard the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), revealed Elon Musk's space transportation company SpaceX. “The first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard BFR is fashion innovator and globally recognized art curator Yusaku Maezawa,” tweeted the space firm. Making the announcement in a series of Tweets, the 42-year-old entrepreneur – owner of Japan's largest online fashion retail website Zozotown -- shared a Youtube video. “What will they see? What will they feel? And what will they create? #dearMoon,” said the voice over in the video.
Maezawa will invite eight artists and cultural figures who represent Earth in his journey to the moon, scheduled in 2023. “I choose to go to the moon, with Artists,” he said. Speaking at the event, Maezawa said, “What if Picasso had gone to the Moon? Or Andy Warhol or Michael Jackson or John Lennon?”
Maezawa has already made a down payment, which is significant enough to have a material effect on for cost and development of BFR, added Elon Musk, founder-CEO of SpaceX, internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric car CEO. According to Forbes, Maezawa is the 18th richest man in Japan with a fortune of $2.9 billion.