[NEWZIMBABWE] Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon.|
Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: "I choose to go to the Moon."
He is expected to lift-off on the Big
Fookin' Falcon Rocket (BFR), a launch system that was unveiled by Musk in 2016.
The mission, which is currently planned for 2023, will mark the first visit to the Moon by humans since Nasa’s Apollo 17 landing in 1972.
The announcement was made at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,, on Tuesday.
The company said the flight represented "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space".
Earlier on Twitter, Musk had already hinted that the passenger would be from Japan.
Maezawa made headlines last year after paying $110.5m (£85.4m) for a painting by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at an auction in New York.