By Eleonora Zuares
Buying a ticket to the moon. Sounds impossible until a billionaire decides to do it.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, revealed that Yusaku Maezawa, founder of the biggest online clothing retailer with a net worth of $2 billion, will be the first private customer to fly to the moon in 2023. The trip takes 3 days one-way. Maezawa is also an art collector and has always been passionate about art. His plan is to travel for a week with many artists and call this incredible experience #dearMoon.
He revealed his project saying, “Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon! I choose to go to the moon with artists.” His intentions are to fill the rocket with six to eight artists coming from all around the world and said that he already bought the seats for everyone. After the trip, these artists will need to create a special artwork that inspired them and reminds them of this incredible adventure.
His idea all began when he started thinking of what artists could create if they traveled to space. “What if Picasso had gone to the Moon? Or Andy Warhol or Michael Jackson or John Lennon?” he asked “What about Coco Chanel? These are all artists that I adore.” The billionaire then went to SpaceX with the idea of achieving his dream and is now working with them to make it happen.
When the project was announced, the public started becoming curious and wanted to know who will participate in this breathtaking project. Yusaku Maezawa revealed he still hasn’t decided on which artists he will invite, but is looking forward in including people from many different fields, from musicians and painters to film directors and more. He also doesn’t want to reveal how much he paid for the trip but said that all of the artists will be invited for free.
The question everyone is asking now is, what will happen next? This will be the first time a civilian will travel to the moon. In the rocket there will be artists from all around the world, and it’s a week-long trip. How is SpaceX sure that this is going to work, and that there’s no danger?
According to Musk, the plan for now is to make a test flight in December without passengers on board. If everything goes as planned, two passengers will be sent to fly the capsule in 2019. The plan is for the US$5 billion futuristic rocket, The Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), to be used for the first time as early as 2023.
Will this project make travelling to different planets common? Or will this just be a one-time thing? SpaceX will continue to update the public throughout the years and Musk even revealed that he might join the artists and travel with them. All we know is that the #dearMoon will be a project followed by millions, and as Maezawa said, it will inspire the dreamer within each of us.