Elon Musk's Next Space Adventure
|Photo Courtesy of Space X: Elon Musk and Yusaku Maezawa|
Big Trip for Space X, Bringing Tourists to Space
This is a big step toward the realization of one of innovator Elon Musk's dreams: to commercialize space and make space travel accessible to everyone. Musk has booked his first private passenger for a trip around the Moon on Space X's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship. The passenger is a Japanese billionaire and innovator like Musk. The pioneer is Yusaku Maezawa, who founded the very popular online fashion retailer Zozo.
Yusaka and Friends to Orbit the Moon
Yusaka says he will invite a group of 6 artists, sculptors, painters and architects to join him on the historic tourist trip to orbit the moon. The week long space voyage is scheduled at the earliest to take off in the BFR rocket in 2023. The adventure is designed to inspire the dreamers in all of us.
The BFR hasn't been built yet. But Musk plans to use it for an unmanned Mars mission in 2022, the first tourist trip to the moon in 2023 and a manned mission to Mars in 2024. Yusaku's trip to the moon will make him the first passenger to the moon since NASA's Apollo program ended in 1972. The cost of the ticket to the Moon hasn't been disclosed.