Since commercial space travel became bannered by companies like SpaceX as well as China's OneSpace, people wondered who would become the first passenger to hitch on a commercial spaceflight.
Monday marked a big moment in history for space travel when SpaceX, Elon Musk's space travel company, announced that it would be sending the first ever private passenger on a trip around the moon in 2023.
'These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth, and these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us'. This will require a lot of training but whenever it's the first flight of something on a new technology and we are talking about deep space, you have to be a very fearless person to do that. Maezawa said at a SpaceX event.
Maezawa is best known outside of Japan for buying a $110 million untitled painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1982.
He said SpaceX has updated the design for the BFR rocket for the third time in three years.
"I wish to create incredible works of art for humankind", Maezawa said. A Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, says he'll go. "Maybe we'll both be on it". The Japanese billionaire bought every seat on the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket. The reusable 387-foot rocket is expected to cost about $5 billion. He even plans to take 6-8 artists with him and will become the first lunar travelers since Apollo's last mission in 1972.
The average distance from Earth to the moon is about 237,685 miles (382,500 kilometers). Since then, NASA has relied on Russian Federation to ferry astronauts to the space station. SpaceX is Musk's private aerospace manufacturing company that was founded in 2002.
NASA's new directives task them with getting humans back into lunar orbit in 2023, the same year as SpaceX.
Maezawa made his fortune by building up Start Today, an e-commerce business that includes a popular online clothing site in Japan.
Maezawa, according to Space Daily, was instrumental for creating the Contemporary Art Foundation in Tokyo and was also hailed by ARTnews of NY as one of 2017's "Top 200 Collectors".