Yesterday night, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that a Japanese billionaire and a clique of artists will become the first private citizens in history to fly beyond the Earth’s low orbit. They will visit the moon sometime in the future, as early as 2023.
Founder of Zozo, the Japanese e-commerce giant, Yusaku Maezawa signed up to flying aboard SapceX’s BFR spaceship-rocket combo for a mission around the moon. This piece of news was announced by Maezawa himself alongside Elon Musk during a webcast which took place yesterday (17th of September) from Hawthorne, California which hosts the company’s rocket factory.
According to Musk, the mission will involve looping around the moon and not landing on it and it could be ready for taking off in just five measly years. Maezawa said that “Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon. Just staring at the moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I do not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close”.
However, Maezawa won’t be the only one involved in the mission. He would like to share the experience with six to eight artists whom he will choose. From fashion designers to architects and from painters to sculptors, a number of them will be chosen to live this unique experience with Mr. Maezawa and, in the end, with all of humanity.
The mission will have the title #dearMoon, and the artwork which will result will have the capability to inspire the dreamer that dwells inside of us. Maezawa even invited Elon Musk to join him in space and the SpaceX co-founder didn’t exactly shoot down the proposition. So far, neither of them disclosed just how much the mission will cost but we know that Maezawa bought the whole flight.
Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.