Musk aims to fly first space tourists to the Moon in 2023

Posted on Tuesday, September 18 2018 @ 13:45 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Elon Musk's SpaceX originally intended to fly two private citizens to the Moon by the end of this year, but that plan got cancelled. Instead of sending tourists on a trip around the Moon using the Falcon Heavy, the goal is now to accomplish this mission with the larger Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

Via Twitter, Musk reveals that Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private citizen to head to the Moon. Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire, he founded Zozotown, Japan's largest online fashion mall. He will bring with him eight artists and cultural figures, including a painter, musician, film director, and fashion designer.

If things go according to plan, the week-long mission may launch in 2023 at the earliest.

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