42-year-old Japanese online retail “ZOZO” billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is going to be Elon Musks’s first paying private passenger on his SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) mission around the moon set for 2023. Maezawa told the media that “Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Moon.”
Maezawa added to his decision another amazing announcement; he stated that “In 2023, as the host, I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon.”
This means that Maezawa will have to sift through hundreds, if not thousands of requests from painters, sculptors, musicians, and architects from around the world. The reason behind this request is to demand that in return for their experience, the artists create a lunar trek inspired work of art.
This was confirmed by Maezawa when he said “These artists will be asked to create something when they return to Earth. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer inside all of us. Needless to say, we’ve always been inspired by the Moon. Take, for example, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and The Beatles’ Mr. Moonlight.”
If the SpaceX BFR takes off in 2023, Maezawa and his cohort of artists will be the first humans to travel around the moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972. As such, this mission is a monumental milestone for SpaceX, Elon Musk and the history of human exploration initiatives.
Musk also commented on the unusual payload his flight will take, and said: “That is the intent of BFR, to make people excited about the future.”
With all the excitement around, there is one small detail that needs to be ironed out, and that is; build the spacecraft.
The BFR is only a blueprint at the moment, and its dimensions are projected to reach 387 feet tall (118 meters), this will be SpaceX’s largest rocket and 157 feet taller, as well as twice as heavy and twice as powerful as the Falcon Heavy.
Musk continued to comment on this astounding endeavor when describing the crafts flight style, saying “The way it operates is more like a skydiver than an aircraft. The whole time it is entering, it is just trying to brake. It is just trying to stop. This will look really epic in person, guaranteed to be exciting.”
According to Musk, the BFR will be unveiled during 2022, when it will undergo an unmanned test flight.