Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks today after SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced him as the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon in Hawthorne, Calif.

And who does he want with him?

It is, for Elon Musk, the objective of SpaceX.

SpaceX, the space transportation firm of USA tech billionaire Elon Musk, announced Monday that a Japanese entrepreneur will be its first private passenger to orbit the moon.

In April, Musk posted a picture to Instagram (since removed) of what he described as the "main body tool" for his company's BFR interplanetary spaceship.

Until now, Americans are the only ones who have left Earth's orbit. The excited future space traveler exclaimed at the event, "I choose to go to the moon". "I like to do the things that never have been done before". BFR, in contrast, will have room for many more people. 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. "Ever since I was a kid I have a loved the moon, just staring at the moon fuelled my imagination", Maezawa.

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If plans go ahead as planned, it would be the first time the 348ft rocket would be used to send tourists into space. What wonderful masterpiece would he have created? If John Lennon could have seen the curvature of the Earth, what kind of songs would he have written?

A render of BFR, shown during SpaceX's press conference.

"I wish to create fantastic works of art for humankind", Maezawa said.

"A painter, musician, film director, fashion designer..."

Sounding a note of caution, the broadcaster adds that BFR has yet to be built, with Musk admitting that the company is "not 100% certain we can bring this to flight".

Musk added that the design of BFR had been changed after intrigued people asked about new renders of the rocket, which appeared online.

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He says it's been his lifelong dream to go into space.

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic are also battling it out to launch private-sector spacecraft, but neither have so far announced plans as ambitious as SpaceX.

The new SpaceX strategy is to still fly around the moon without landing, but use an even bigger rocket still in development that has its own dedicated passenger ship.

Musk gave some more detail about the BFR on Monday.

Elon Musk has reduced the power of the rocket, previously presented as the most powerful in history, capable of moving 150 tons into low-earth orbit - more powerful than the mythical rocket of the Apollo program, Saturn V in the 1960s and 1970s (135 tons). Musk described Maezawa as incredibly fearless.

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