Elon Musk has revealed that his space exploration company SpaceX will be sending 42-year-old billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of Japan’s largest online clothing retailer Zozotown, on a trip around the moon.
Maezawa will take the journey on SpaceX’s upcoming Big Falcon Rocket as early as 2023. Apparently he “bought all the seats” on the rocket and wants to take a handful of artists with him as part of an art project called #dearMoon. Maezawa is an avid art collector and recently spent over $110 million on a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
“Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the Moon! I choose to go to the moon with artists!” said at the unveiling. “I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon,” he said. “These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth, and these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us.”
It hasn’t been revealed how much Maezawa has paid for the trip, although it is clear that the billionaire approached SpaceX with the idea first. “It makes a difference,” Musk said. “He puts his money where his mouth is. He’s legit.”