#dearMoon: SpaceX’s 1st Passenger Flight Around a Moon Will Be an Epic Art Project

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced tonight (Sept. 17) that he chooses to go to a moon in 2023 — and move 6 to 8 artists along for a ride.

During a news conference at SpaceX domicile in Hawthorne, California, association owner and CEO Elon Musk introduced Maezawa as a initial newcomer on a new BFR (sometimes brief for “Big Falcon Rocket”) rocket-spaceship twin now underneath construction, and reliable that Maezawa would float in a loop around a moon. And afterwards Maezawa announced that, while he’d bought out a whole BFR, he doesn’t wish to go alone.

“I suspicion prolonged and tough about how profitable it would be to turn a initial private newcomer to go to a moon,” Maezawa said. “At a same time, we suspicion about how we can give behind to a universe and how this can minister to universe assent — this is my lifelong dream.” [The BFR in Images: SpaceX’s Giant Spaceship for Mars Beyond]

“I did not wish to have such a illusory knowledge by myself,” he added. “That would be a small lonely. we don’t like being alone, so we wish to share these practice and things with as many people as possible, so that is because we name to go to a moon with artists!”

Maezawa announced a name for his new project, #dearMoon, and a website,, and pronounced that that between now and a BFR’s launch in 2023 he would name 6 to 8 artists to go with him to space. These people will accost from a accumulation of disciplines, potentially including painters, sculptors, photographers, musicans, film directors, conform designers, architects and more, he said.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa, who has requisitioned SpaceX's initial private moody around a moon on a Big Falcon Rocket, accommodate a press during a mission's phenomenon during a company's domicile in Hawthorne, California on Sept. 17, 2018.
Credit: SpaceX

Maezawa is a owner of a Japanese online tradesman Zozotown, and he’s a dedicated art collector; in 2016, he purchased $98 million value of art in dual New York auctions, according to a BBC report.

One of those pieces was by a artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whom Maezawa discussed during a press conference: Basquiat died in 1988, yet what could he have combined had he seen Earth from space? While looking during one of Basquiat’s paintings, Maezawa said, he came on a thought to enthuse other tip artists to move a space perspective down to Earth.

In a entrance years, Maezawa will name a artists as SpaceX works to develop the BFR rocket and spaceship — yet Musk didn’t exhibit a volume of income Maezawa is paying, he did endorse a volume would have a “nontrivial impact” on a BFR’s development. (Besides traveller trips around a moon, Musk hopes to use a BFR to someday lift settlers to a moon and Mars.)

“Luckily, we still have some time before 2023, so we wish to work really closely with a SpaceX group and to strech out to any artist personally,” Maezawa said. “By a way, if we should hear from me, greatfully contend approbation and accept my invitation — greatfully don’t contend no!”

Musk also suggested tonight that Maezawa is a chairman who formerly requisitioned a two-person, round-the-moon outing with SpaceX aboard a company’s Dragon capsule. That flight, which SpaceX announced in Feb 2017, was to launch atop a company’s Falcon Heavy rocket before a finish of 2018. 

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