SpaceX has named Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa as the first paying passenger for the company’s ambitious 2023 moon mission.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, himself a billionaire entrepreneur, named Maezawa at a special event on Monday night.
While the five-day round trip will involve a fly-by of the moon rather than a landing, it’ll nevertheless be the first lunar trip since 1972, when the last U.S. Apollo mission took place. If all goes to plan, Maezawa will become only the 25th person to make the journey.
The 42-year-old businessman (below), who made his fortune after launching an online fashion mall that became the largest in Japan, will make the journey aboard SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which is scheduled for testing next year.
“For me, this project is very meaningful,” Maezawa told the gathered crowd shortly after Musk introduced him.
He continued: “Ever since I was a kid, I have…
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