Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

SpaceX plans to livestream moon mission in VR

SpaceX plans to livestream moon mission in VR

A Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along. "I choose to go to the moon, with artists", he said, adding he would ask them to create works sparked by the the trip upon their return.

It's unknown how much Maezawa paid for the flight around the moon, but Elon Musk has revealed that it's quite the sum, which is helping with the ship, booster, and everything else to get ready for launch.

"SpaceX is going to be doing many, many test flights to ensure safety and we will wait for that to happen before we go", Maezawa told Reuters.

"I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself", Maezawa said, wearing a blue sports jacket over a white T-shirt printed with a work by the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. While looking at one of Basquiat's paintings, Maezawa said, he came upon the idea to inspire other top artists to bring a space view down to Earth.

"I wish to create unbelievable works of art for humankind", he said.

"I thought long and hard about how valuable it would be to become the first private passenger to go to the moon", Maezawa said. Musk did not name the clients past year or say how much they would pay.

Musk said Maezawa had outlaid a significant deposit and would have a material impact on the cost of developing the BFR, which he estimated at about $5 billion.

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The BFR will stand about 387 feet (118 meters) tall, and both its rocket and spaceship components will be reusable.

The lunar mission could take four or five days, which would feel like a hot minute to Kelly, who has logged 520 days in space, including a yearlong mission on the International Space Station.

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If you didn't make the cut as one of the eight artists chosen to ride in SpaceX's 2023 mission around the moon, you might be in luck. If all had gone according to schedule, SpaceX would now be gearing up for its first lunar flight, fulfilling its pledge early past year to launch a pair of tourists "faster and farther into the solar system than any before them". He had set the previous auction record for a Basquiat, in 2016, when he paid $57.3 million.

Maezawa has made a down payment on the trip, but declined to reveal how much he spent in total.

So just who is this eccentric billionaire risking his life to be SpaceX's first space tourist? He calls the project #dearmoon. And last month he tweeted that his new jet's interior is being fashioned by luxury label Hermes.

He has alleged that a cave diver in Thailand who helped rescue stranded boys was a "pedo", smoked what appeared to be marijuana on a comedian's podcast, spooked Tesla investors with comments about the future of the electric vehicle maker, and admitted to exhaustion and use of the sleeping pill Ambien.

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