Japanese Billionaire Will Fly To The Moon With SpaceX, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

The new SpaceX strategy is to still fly around the moon without landing, but use an even bigger rocket still in development that has its own dedicated passenger ship.

Elon Musk plans to launch Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on a rocket around the moon, the embattled SpaceX CEO announced on Monday. More details about the launch system will likely be revealed during Musk's announcement this evening.

In a news conference scheduled to start at 9pm ET, SpaceX will introduce its first paying private customer who will ride a spacecraft around the Moon just for the fun of it.

"Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history", SpaceX said on Twitter, adding that no one has visited the moon since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. His mission is called #dearmoon and at the announcement of his participation, a slick video was produced highlighting Maezawa's idea.

Musk didn't say how much money was involved in booking the artists' adventure, although he said that it was substantial.

He said he would invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the week-long journey to circumnavigate the moon in 2023. This is no walk in the park, ' Musk cautioned.

"When you're pushing the frontier, it's not a sure thing". There is a chance something could go wrong'.

An off-the-cuff tweet also left investors reeling after Musk said he planned to take Tesla, his electric auto company, private.

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SpaceX has had a string of successful rocket launches, but that has been overshadowed by the struggles of Musk's Tesla electric auto company to deliver and his behavior.

But for now, the company has yet to fly a human into space.

The flight will only launch after the completion of BFR hopper tests, which Mr. Musk confirmed are still targeted to begin next year.

The 2023 launch date is not set in stone, he stressed.

While Tesla has been plagued by production problems, SpaceX, which is also led by president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell, has been far more stable, churning out 34 straight successful rocket launches over the last 20 months.

Musk said the two wannabe spacefarers had paid a deposit for their now-abandoned 2018 Moon trip.

The individual will travel in a giant spacecraft that SpaceX has created to fly to Mars. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us'.

In 2016, Musk predicted that one of his Dragon crew capsules would land on Mars this year - although that particular project was abandoned.

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