Yusaku Maezawa, SpaceX’s First Moon Traveler

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 15:46

A Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Monday night revealed Maezawa’s selection as the first private passenger to fly around the moon aboard the company’s so-called Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, when it blasts off in 2023, Mercury News reports.

While Musk declined to say exactly how much Maezawa paid for the distinction, the sum is expected to help subsidize the cost for more ordinary folks to one day follow in his footsteps.

“Any customers for BFR are incredibly helpful in funding development of the rocket,” he said.

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