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Neither Musk nor Maezawa confirmed how much the Japanese billionaire paid for the 2023 mission but the SpaceX boss said the down payment will "have a material effect on paying for cost and development of BFR". He is the first to book a trip as a private passenger with the commercial space company for a voyage that hasn't been attempted since NASA's Apollo missions ended in 1972. What do I want to do there? "But I didn't want such an experience by myself, i want to share these experiences with others".

Now, the billionaire plans to use his trip around the moon to inspire new "masterpieces", created by the artists he chooses to accompany him. The excited future space traveler exclaimed at the event, "I choose to go to the moon". The device wasn't used and in the interview, Unsworth called it a "PR stunt" and said it wouldn't have worked to free the boys who were trapped in the flooded cave.

The event was held at the company's Hawthorne, Calif., headquarters, conveniently located next to a design shop for Tesla, Musk's other company.

Maezawa then said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah - please, please".

"This has done a lot to restore my faith in humanity - that somebody's willing to do this", Musk said.

After an uncrewed demonstration flight this fall and an in-flight abort test, U.S. Air Force Colonel Bob Behnken and former Marine Corps test pilot Doug Hurley will be the first two astronauts to fly in SpaceX's Crew Dragon.

The BFR's development cost should reach $5 billion, Musk revealed.

The mission is now scheduled for 2023, so Maezawa will have some time to gather his dream team.

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But did add: "It's not 100 percent certain we can bring this to flight".

Maezawa's trip to the moon will be made on board a BFR, which is now still in development.

Tonight, SpaceX plans to reveal "the world's first private passenger" to fly around the moon.

No guidance has been given on when the moon flight could happen.

The 42-year-old is worth an estimated $2.9 billion and has been known to drop unfathomable amounts of money on art - including a Jean-Michel Basquiat purchase in 2016 for more than $57 million. "We're definitely not sure" about the 2023 schedule for the circumlunar mission, he said. "I thought long and hard about how it would be very valuable to become the first private passenger to go to the moon". "In order to minimize the development risk and cost, we made a decision to "commonize" the engine between the booster and ship", Musk said, adding that Raptor engines that are optimized for vacuum conditions could be added back in later.

SpaceX livestreamed the big news after teasing the announcement last week and calling it "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space". Initially, SpaceX had planned to use Falcon Heavy rockets to launch the crew, but the company has chose to use its newly designed Big Falcon Rocket which is now under construction.

In 2017, Mr Musk announced that he would be sending two paying passengers on a loop around the Moon - which was to have launched as early as this year.


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