A few days back, SpaceX tweeted that they had signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard their BFR launch vehicle, with a cryptic Japanese flag emoji providing the only clue as to who the passenger might be.
Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at a press event at SpaceX’s headquarters and announced that Japanese fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person to make the journey around the moon. The BFR Lunar Mission will last an estimated four to five days and will take place as early as 2023.
Maezawa is the 42-year-old Japanese billionaire founder of the custom clothing online retailer ZOZO, with a reported net worth of $3.6 billion. Needless to say, he’s got the wherewithal to afford such an extravagant expenditure.
“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” Maezawa said during the press conference. “Just staring at the moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I do not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”
But that’s not all. Maezawa is inviting six to eight artists from around the world to join him on this mission to the Moon. The billionaire said he will invited painters, sculptors, musicians, and architects from around the world. Upon their return all he requests is that they create a work of art using their stellar trek as inspiration.
“These artists will be asked to create something when they return to Earth,” said Maezawa. “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 successful, Maezawa and the people who join him will be the first humans to travel to the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972. But before history is made, the BFR needs to be constructed, and they’ve got five years to do so. An ambitious time table, but Musk and team believe they can do it.
The BFR Lunar Mission is the first step in Elon Musk’s master plan, as he wants humanity “to become a multi-planet civilization as soon as possible” and that he hopes to “make people excited about the future.”
Mission accomplished Elon, 2023 can’t get here soon enough!
Who’s Ready To Stay In The World’s First Luxury Hotel.. In Space?
Sometimes you just need to get away. Sure, you could book a trip to the Bahamas, or Hawaii, or you could choose a destination that’s a little further out there. Like outer space. Imagine being able to play astronaut for a few days, while you unplug from your job and the daily grind. You’ll get your chance soon since a new luxury hotel is launching 200 miles above the Earth. It’s called Aurora Station.
Space tourism is all the rage right now, despite the fact that we can’t go to Mars and beyond just yet. Aurora Station is a project designed to let ordinary humans live out their Astronaut dreams above the Earth for 12 days. And even though you are off-planet, you’ll have all the luxuries of home, thanks to a luxury hotel in zero gravity.
The hotel aims to welcome its first guests by 2022, and who knows? Maybe one day it will be a gathering place for humans and aliens as they travel to and from the Earth. This is basically a mini space station that consists of a modular capsule that has enough room to accommodate four guests and two crew members at a time.
During your stay, you can participate in research experiments like growing food, experience virtual reality on an actual holodeck, and live-stream with those jealous humans back home. The company behind the project, Orion Span, will only charge you $9.5 million per person for your 12-day stay. That breaks down to $791,667 per night. That price tag leaves most of us Earthbound, but if you have the money this will be the ultimate experience.
A deposit of $80,000 will secure your reservation. You better be in good shape though, because you’ll have to undergo an intensive three-month astronaut certification program to train for launch, re-entry, and contingency scenarios. Guests will also be required to do exercise during their stay aboard Aurora.
Start saving your money and get ready for your trip to the final frontier.
Photo credit: Orion Span
Check Out This Amazing Footage Of The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base last Thursday was visible across Southern California and Arizona, lighting up the skies with a spectacular display that had social media in a frenzy.
Those of us outside of the area were stuck watching the random clips posted on social media, mostly sub-par cell phone footage that regular people took. But luckily, photographer Jesse Watson captured some stunning time-lapse imagery from his hometown of Yuma, Arizona, using a series of cameras and lenses to capture this amazing spectacle in all its glory.
As you can see, he absolutely nailed it, shooting 2452 images and whittling it down to 1315 images, which he used to make this incredible time-lapse video you see here. Impressive work, to say the least!
Elon Musk Shares Photo Of SpaceX’s First Working Spacesuit
Elon Musk just debuted the first photo of the SpaceX spacesuit that will be used for their upcoming missions on Instagram, stating that the minimalist white prototype “actually works” and had already been tested under near to double vacuum pressure.
Musk notes that it was incredibly hard to “balance aesthetics and function”, but we think the SpaceX design team knocked it out of the park, with a form-fitting suit that looks supremely cool. NASA’s bulky space suits of the past have nothing on this!
SpaceX is planning a maiden voyage to the moon for its first two paying customers next year, where they will likely be sporting these suits.