SpaceX To Name Mystery Moon Traveler

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The flight, set for 2023, will launch from Kennedy Space Center, in the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS) which will be part of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) booster.

See ya up, there Mr. Maezawa!

What is known is that the flight is expected to reach a distance from Earth of between 500,000 to 650,000 km (310,685 to 403,890 mi), making Maezawa and his passengers the farthest-travelling humans from Earth.

Elon Musk, the founder of the rocket company SpaceX, plans to reveal who the company's first lunar space tourist will be on Monday night.

Maezawa, a prolific collector of modern art, said he planned to bring six to eight artists with him aboard the BFR, which stands for Big Falcon Rocket.

The billionaire said he wanted his guests to be inspired to create once they returned to Earth.

At the time, SpaceX said two people signed a deal with SpaceX to make a trip around the moon aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. "He's ultimately paying for the average citizen to travel to other planets".

The 42-year-old Japanese billionaire posted cryptic messages on his Instagram and Twitter accounts minutes before SpaceX's announcement. He is best known elsewhere for paying a record $110 million a year ago for a 1982 painting by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. "I choose to invite artists from around the world on my journey". SpaceX is certainly the only company on Earth with up-to-date institutional expertise on the operational reuse of orbital-class rockets, and building an entirely new launch vehicle on that unique experience certainly has a better chance than most at creating something truly extraordinary. It should take about 4 or 5 days.

"This is going to be risky". This is no walk in the park, ' Musk cautioned.

Before the presser, Elon shared some photos of what the Big Falcon Rocket would look like.

The BFR name may also change, Musk said. Instead of 347 feet tall, it will be 387 feet tall.

But Musk threw a curve ball during a Falcon Heavy press conference earlier this year when he told reporters that, for the time being, SpaceX had no plans to certify the Falcon Heavy for human spaceflight.

SpaceX is now prototyping the spaceship and other BFR hardware inside a 20,000-square-foot tent at the Port of Los Angeles - at least until a much bigger permanent facility is completed.

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk outlined a somewhat different mission past year.

Musk gave some more detail about the BFR on Monday.

Maezawa didn't immediately say who will be on his guest list for the spaceflight, but in response to a question from a reporter he said he'd consider inviting Musk. Please refresh this page for updates.