It has been over 40 years since humans were last on the Moon, and since the last space shuttle mission in 2011 there has been a marked decrease in humanity venturing forth into space.
SpaceX wants to change that very soon.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Yusaku Maezama, a Japanese billionaire, would be the first person to go into space for a fee. Maezuma, who made his fortune from various businesses, said “Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon” at an event at SpaceX’s headquarters in Los Angeles, California.
Maezuma may be best known from a purchase last year of a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, costing well over $110 million.
As of right now, the cost of the trip remains unknown, and neither Maezuma nor Elon Musk–founder of SpaceX–have disclosed any of the prices of the trip.
Maezuma has been wanting to follow in the footsteps of the Apollo astronauts who went the moon, and his path will be similar to that of Apollo 8, which orbited around the moon in 1968.
The rocket that Maezuma and other customers will be on has been named “B.F.R.,” and it will take at least four or five days to orbit the moon and come back to Earth. The full name of the rocket has not been released according to the New York Times, but is said to be called “Big Falcon Rocket”–a name said by SpaceX’s president, Gwynne Shotwell.
Musk has stated that the rocket will not be ready for takeoff until at least 2023 and would cost between $2 to $10 billion to fully develop. However, he notes that Maezuma had paid “a meaningful contribution to the project’s completion,” at the announcement.
Musk has had a rough year with Tesla and it’s sales. Musk threatened to make the car company private before changing his mind. Then, on Monday, it was made official that Musk was being sued by a British diver due to Musk suggesting that the diver was a pedophile.
SpaceX, on the other hand, has had a very successful year with little to no incidents involving its satellites and spacecraft.
SpaceX’s goal is to continue to plan the trip for the next few years. The end game is 2023, when the world will see humanity’s first private take-off to bring passengers to the stars.