SpaceX’s First Tourists Will Fly Around The Moon For Free Thanks To Japanese Billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa

SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle – an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space.

Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said Monday that he plans to blast off on the first-ever commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the weeklong journey. Maezawa bought the seats for the entire flight, not just one for himself.

Maezawa made a down payment but would not disclose the amount. Musk called it a “significant price” that would have “material impact to the BFR program.”

The SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, Maezawa and company founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

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