Tuesday, 18 June 2019 | 22:08 WIB

SpaceX Announces First Tourist to Fly Around Moon will be Japan Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa

The Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private tourist to fly around the Moon

JAKARTA, NNC - Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa gave a whopping deposit to SpaceX to become the first private tourist to fly around the Moon with the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Maezawa also wants to bring six to eight artists from all over the world on this one-week journey. The mission is expected to be launched in the upcoming 2023.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa signed a contract with SpaceX to fly around the moon with a spaceship. He will try to be the first to return to the Moon after almost half a century.

"Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon. It's always there and continues to inspire humanity," Maezawa told CBNC on Monday.

The BFR is a large 35-story rocket designed to launch and land like SpaceX's Falcon 9, but also carries dozens of people on board, not just an ordinary satellite.

Elon Musk refused to disclose the amount Maezawa paid for the mission, saying he was "not disclosing the amount but he's paying a very significant amount of money."

Only 24 people have been to the Moon, with the last Apollo mission in 1972, marking the last time a human visited the Moon.

"I choose to go to the moon with artists. In 2023, as the host, I would like to invite 6 to 8 artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon," Maezawa said.

Maezawa has yet decide which artists to bring. For the past month, he made the announcement in several tweets through Twitter.