"This is no walk in the park", Musk said. "This is my lifelong dream". "I choose to go to the moon with artists!" said at the unveiling. The billionaire said he hopes the group will include a musician, sculptor, painter, film director, dancer, photographer, architect, novelist, and fashion designer.
At an event at Space X's headquarters in Los Angeles, Musk said, 'He's a very courageous person to do this'.
"If you hear from me, please say yes", he pleaded.
FILE PHOTO: Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan's popular fashion shopping site Zozotown and is officially called Start Today Co, speaks at an event launching the debut of its formal apparel items, in Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2018.
He founded the Contemporary Art Foundation in Tokyo in 2012 and bought two works by US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in the last two years for a total of around $170 million. Maezawa has been active in the art community for some time, including establishing the Contemporary Art Foundation in 2012 to support young artists. Besides himself, Maezawa plans to select six to eight artists to accompany him on his journey around the moon.
Instead of the 24-hour light-dark cycle, we experience on earth, outer space travellers will see a sunrise and sunset every 92 minutes, which is likely to have an effect on their sleep pattern, so sleeping pills are required to ensure that they get to sleep. "These masterpieces will continue to inspire all of us".
The ISS orbits 254 miles (408 km) above Earth.
Astronauts last visited the moon during Nasa's Apollo programme.
The plan is for Maezawa to make his voyage in 2023. Going forward, Musk and Maezawa will figure out details like training, but "nothing's written in stone". "We are honored that he chose us".
"This is risky, to be clear". "This is the sort of thing that makes you want to be a human being - and wake up in the morning". There is a chance something could go wrong'.
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Still, when asked by reporters if Musk would be a passenger, he left the door open to the possibility. Musk replied "OK, maybe I will". "We're definitely not sure" about the 2023 schedule for the circumlunar mission, he said. Maezawa said during an announcement Monday evening.
In February 2017, SpaceX said two "private citizens" had "paid a significant deposit" for a trip around the moon.
While the BFR has not been built yet, Musk has said he wants the rocket to be ready for an unpiloted trip to Mars in 2022, with a crewed flight in 2024, though his ambitious production targets have been known to slip.
This isn't the first time Musk has vowed to send tourists around the Moon.
SpaceX's BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) could well be the most important single vehicle in the history of humankind, should the various predictions about humanity's need to eventually vacate Earth and set up colonies on Mars come true.
The BFR's development cost should reach $5 billion, Musk revealed. Russian Federation halted its space-tourism program in 2010, after the USA retired its space shuttle program, leaving fewer seats available to get working astronauts into orbit.
Branson's Virgin Galactic has sold tickets for about $250,000, which is more than the median home price in the United States.
Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla Motors, has drawn attention in recent months over his erratic behavior.