SpaceX will be flying the first ever private tourist to the moon and he’s a Japanese billionaire by the name of Yusaku Maezawa

On Monday CEO Elon Musk of SpaceX announced the name of the first ever private tourist who will be flying around the moon on the company’s next generation rocket.  The first tourist is a Japanese entrepreneur by the name of Yusaku Maezawa.  He is a 42-year-old Japanese billionaire and founder of an online fashion mall called Zozotown.

SpaceX’s dramatic illustration of its BFR spacecraft with the moon.

The trip is expected to be launched in 2023.  Yusaku is inviting 6-8 artists along on the mission.  The artists will come from  different disciplines. He has not decided on who the artists will be as of yet. But, he will ask them to create works based on the experience.  The project is called   #dearMoon.

Yusaku believes ” People are creative and have a great imagination. We all have the ability to dream dreams that have never been dreamt, to sing songs that have never been sung, to paint that which has never been seen before. I hope that this project will inspire the dreamer within all of us.” 

You can follow Yusaku’s journey on Instagram.