The Moon is about 385,000 km away from Earth and the last time an astronaut travelled there was in 1972 as part of the Apollo 17 mission.
With SpaceX, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic battling it out to launch private-sector spacecraft, the SpaceX passenger will join a growing list of celebrities and the ultra-rich who have secured seats on flights offered on the under-development vessels.
Japanese billionaire businessman, online fashion tycoon and art collector Yusaku Maezawa was revealed Monday as the first tourist who will fly on a SpaceX rocket around the Moon.
"I wish to create incredible works of art for humankind", Maezawa said. But he doesn't intend on traveling alone; the billionaire is also inviting six to eight artists to join him on his historic journey, which is slated for 2023. The reusable 387ft rocket will have its own dedicated passenger ship.The mission will not involve a lunar landing.
Musk has not revealed how much his "Lunar BFR Mission" will cost in the long run, but Maezawa surely won't have a hard time footing the bill. Nor is it known when the flight will take place as BFR has yet to be built.
"I can't wait", said Musk at the event.
During Monday night's announcement, Musk said the whole objective of SpaceX is to "help advance rocket technology to the point where we could potentially become a multi-planet species", and to "extend life beyond Earth and do so as quickly as we can".
Shortly after his successful Falcon Heavy Launch, Musk said he expected a "full-scale test" of the massive rocket within the next few years. It has not yet been confirmed which artists Maezawa would invite, but he has suggested that it would be artists who inspire him personally which would be chosen.
On Monday, Mr Musk unveiled new artist impressions of the BFR and the spaceship which will carry passengers around the Moon.
The border battle between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers is always one of the most entertaining times of the year. Packers could have been beaten by the Vikings though kicker Daniel Carlson missed a field goal late in overtime.
The scorer, predictably enough, was Wilfried Zaha, who marked his return from injury with a stunning solo effort. And whenever Terry decides to hang up his boots, Sarri says there will always be a place for him at Chelsea .
The Brazilian worldwide has resurrected his second stint at Stamford Bridge since Maurizio Sarri took charge this past summer. Bobby Reid blasted just wide for Cardiff in another reminder of Chelsea's brittle defensive set-up, but the Blues cared not.
Now we have to do it all again. "I know we are quite good but we have to respect them without getting afraid of them". But, on the other side, it's quite hard to make a preparation, because they have never played against us.
Salzburg and Leipzig, which share close ties with energy drink Red Bull, were drawn together in a group with Celtic and Rosenborg. Qarabag of Azerbaijan and Vorskla of Ukraine also make up a relatively favourable group for Unai Emery's side.
He was taken to his residence at Jati Umrah escorted by a heavily protected convoy of over two dozen vehicles. He said Mian Nawaz Sharif was jailed in order to pave the way Imran Khan , the incumbent prime minister.
Now, in an interview with Brandon Straka's YouTube show Walk Away , Barr revealed exactly how her character will get the axe. The Conners premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8/7c on ABC. "It's done, it's over, there's no fight left", Barr added.
He added: "I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach - that's what pushed me in the last kilometres". He started off at a sizzling pace and quickly shook off his biggest opponent, Wilson Kipsang , to make it a one-man race.
PlayStation One Classic is nearly half the size of Sony's original 1994 console, making it small enough to hold in one hand. Instead, the open button on the PS One Classic switches virtual discs, while the "reset" is used to quit games in progress.
Without giving a timetable, Trump said the USA and Poland planned to launch a "high-level diplomatic exchange" on energy security. Trump and Duda are also discussing trade and energy cooperation. "I think its a very aggressive situation.
In Wilmington, near where the eye of the storm touched down, trees and power lines were felled and many windows were broken. Video from Belhaven, North Carolina, showed storm-surge flooding up to the window-level of a house early Friday morning.
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Musk's successes have recently been overshadowed by his behaviour and the struggles of his Tesla electric auto company to deliver. He had said that the trip would happen this year and would not involve a landing, but rather a long loop around the moon.