SpaceX’s first sightseeing trip to the Moon scheduled for 2023 has a confirmed passenger. This is Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese entrepreneur passionate about art who made millions through the internet.

During a ceremony at SpaceX’s rocket factory in Los Angeles, company founder Elon Musk revealed that Maezawa will travel to the Moon accompanied by six to eight artists chosen by the Asian billionaire. “He pays a lot of money,” Musk said during the announcement, stressing that his contribution represents a significant part of development, the total cost of which is estimated at about $ 5 billion.

Although not as well-known as other tech entrepreneurs, this is not the first time that Yusaku Maezawa has echoed in the world. The companies he founded, Start Today and Zozotown, generated him a fortune of approximately 3,000 million dollars and brought his name to the Forbes lists of the richest in Japan, the richest in the world of technology and that of the billionaires in the world.

During his youth, his passion for music led him to create a punk band together with his classmates and, after finishing high school, he emigrated to the United States, where he started a collection of albums by his favorite bands. This hobby became his first business in 1998: the sale of imported records at home, which were sent by mail.

Two years later, she opened her first virtual store, Start Today, and then ventured into the clothing business with Zozotown.

But music is not everything for Maezawa. This billionaire, founder of the Contemporary Art Foundation, bought a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat last year for $ 110.5 million, after acquiring works by renowned artists including Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder or Jeff Koons.

“If Pablo Picasso could have seen the moon up close, / What kind of paintings would he have drawn? / If John Lennon could have seen the curvature of the Earth, / What kind of songs would he have written? / If they had gone into space, what would the world look like today? ”Maezawa wrote on the #dearMoon site.

According to the page, a painter, musician, film director and fashion designer will be with him during the space trip. “I hope this project inspires the dreamer within each of us. Along with the best artists on Earth, I will go to the moon … just a little earlier than the others, “he said.

Trip

Maezawa will travel for five days with the artists aboard the future BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) rocket. The double-decker apparatus will measure 118 meters in height, of which 55 m is only for the ship. The interior volume will reach 1,000 m3.

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After circling Earth, the spacecraft will point to the Moon, to circle, and then return to Earth to land vertically. Artists must carry out works prior to their return.

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“It is dangerous,” Musk warned. Several tests, not inhabited, will be carried out before. However, he keeps his spirits up: “We must act and become a multi-planet civilization as fast as possible.”

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