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Elon Musk unveils first tourist on SpaceX rocket to the moon

SpaceX has unveiled the name of the first passenger to go on a rocket trip around the moon, Elon Musk announced on Monday.

Yusaku Maezawa, a 42-year-old art collector and entrepreneur, could be the first private passenger of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) to make the trip around the moon. The rocket is still under development, but SpaceX is planning the trip for 2023.

The tweet comes after Maezawa participated in an event at the SpaceX headquarters on Monday. He said he would invite six to eight artists from around the world to join him on the trip.

Speaking to the audience, he said: “Why do I want to go to the moon? This is very meaningful. I thought long and hard about this, and at the same time I thought about how I can give back to the world.”

Before he introduced Maezawa on stage, Musk talked on SpaceX space travel goals, and warned of a possible event that could “end civilisation”. He added: “We should take action and become a multi-planet civilisation as soon as possible.”

The billionaire also said he’s hoping for people to believe in this project, and that despite many efforts will pour into it, its success is not guaranteed.

“I hope this is really seen as a very positive thing and something that people are very excited about,” he said. “This is no walk in the park, it will require a lot of training. When you’re pushing the frontier, it’s not a sure thing.”

Whether this first lunar flight will take in 2023 or not, this is still uncertain. Rocket developments are often delayed for one reason or another. One thing is certain though, Maezawa and his crew will surely be looking forward to the trip.


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