Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire will be the first-ever private commercial space trip tourist aboard the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket. The rare SpaceX mission is set for take-off in 2023. The Big Falcon Rocket was first announced in 2016 and was touted as the most powerful rocket in history, even more potent than the Saturn V Moon rocket that launched the Apollo missions five decades ago.
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Earlier, US engineer and multimillionaire Dennis Tito, who was the first non-astronaut to travel to the space, paid USD 20 million to spend eight days on the International Space Station in April 2001.
Who is Yusaku Maezawa?
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Yusaku Maezawa is planning to take artists along with him to the moon. "Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon. I choose to go to the moon with artists. In 2023, as the host, I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon. They will be asked to create something after they return to Earth. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us." Maezawa said.