Fash­ion Re­tailer Yusaku Maezawa to Be­come Spacex’s First Moon Tourist

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The bil­lion­aire founder of on­line Ja­panese cloth­ing re­tailer Zo­zo­town will be­come the first per­son to tour the moon aboard Spacex’s yet-tobe-de­vel­oped Big Fal­con Rocket, the aero­space com­pany’s CEO, Elon Musk, an­nounced.

For an undis­closed sum, Maezawa char­tered ev­ery ticket on the flight, which will take him and up to eight artists on a four- to five-day sling­shot jour­ney around the moon as soon as 2023 — the cen­ter­piece to a project dubbed “Dear Moon.” He also sug­gested that Musk should join the mis­sion as a fel­low pas­sen­ger.

“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” the busi­ness ty­coon said in a news con­fer­enc at the com­pany’s head­quar­ters in Hawthorne, Calif. “This is my life­long dream.”

In a let­ter shared on the web­site for “Dear Moon,” Maezawa wrote: “Peo­ple are creative and have a great imag­i­na­tion. We all have the abil­ity to dream dreams that have never been dreamt, to sing songs that have never been sung, to paint that which has never been seen be­fore. I hope that this project will in­spire the dreamer within each of us. To­gether with Earth’s top artists, I will be head­ing to the moon … just a lit­tle ear­lier than ev­ery­one else.”

The 42-year-old, who is also an en­tre­pre­neur and art col­lec­tor, made head­lines last year for pur­chas­ing a 1982 paint­ing by Jean-michel Basquiat for $110.5 mil­lion — the high­est price paid in an auc­tion for a piece of art­work by an Amer­i­can artist. Forbes es­ti­mates Maezawa’s net worth at $2.9 bil­lion.

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