SpaceX to Send Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and Fellow Artists to the Moon

In a press conference Monday night, SpaceX made it official that they’ll be sending the first private citizen to the Moon, in the year 2023, a mere five years from now. ¬†Even more impressive was the choice of crew, Japanese billionaire¬†Yusaku Maezawa, and his choice of six to eight artists from around the world.

The idea of sending a crew of artists to the moon almost boggles the mind, especially when considering how staid and conservative NASA is with their crews of military-background astronauts. ¬†Regardless, the team will undoubtedly have extensive training and preparation, before departing for the moon, where they’ll create the first artwork from the surface of the dusty lunar landscape.

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The audacious project has been generously funded by Maezawa, and is entitled #DearMoon, a tribute to the beauty and everlasting intrigue of our satellite partner, that has inspired artists and musicians for millennia.

Clearly there’s a lot left to solve before this travel is undertaken, and SpaceX has a lot to prove with their massive BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket.

Below is a short video created for the event, explaining the hopes and dreams of the #DearMoon project. Via The Verge:

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