Japanese billionaire to be first moon tourist | Sunday Observer

Japanese billionaire to be first moon tourist

A Japanese billionaire will make history as the first private passenger to take a trip around the moon.

Yusaku Maezawa will be the first SpaceX passenger to the moon.The 42-year-old is the founder of Japan’s largest online fashion retailer, Zozotown. In his sparetime he is an art enthusiast. He hopes to invite eight artists to accompany him, to turn the entire ride into an art project.

The entrepreneur bought all the seats. The passengers will spend about a week in space. When they return they will make an art creation titled 'Dear Moon.'

The trip is scheduled for 2023. It will be the first time someone has travelled to the moon since the Apollo Mission in 1972. However this trip will not involve a lunar landing. The first prototype spacecraft is currently under construction and Musk hopes to begin test flights in 2019.