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2018-09-20 Science & Technology
Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX ‘Moon loop’
[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.

Posted by Fred 2018-09-20 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [263 views ]  Top

#1 $110.5m

That's a lot of weed!
Posted by Ebbavirt Clunk4147 2018-09-20 02:34||   2018-09-20 02:34|| Front Page Top

#2 Always figured it would be Alice Cramden
Posted by Frank G 2018-09-20 09:00||   2018-09-20 09:00|| Front Page Top

#3 They spelled Frank's name wrong :-)
What an adventure!
Posted by Woodrow 2018-09-20 11:42||   2018-09-20 11:42|| Front Page Top

#4 Just dont send ALL the telephone sanitisers ok?
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2018-09-20 12:36||   2018-09-20 12:36|| Front Page Top

#5 I understand Musk has also pretty much pissed off Thailand. The Moon isn't going to be far enough for him.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2018-09-20 13:22||   2018-09-20 13:22|| Front Page Top

#6 BP, the personnel officers, public relations executives and management consultants can all go though.
Posted by Mullah Richard 2018-09-20 20:59||   2018-09-20 20:59|| Front Page Top

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