Hanging out with @yousuck2020 before the @SpaceX moon mission announcement pic.twitter.com/RTOwutzMtG— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2018Musk estimated they’d need about $5 billion to get the BFR off the ground; an undisclosed chunk of that money comes straight from Maezawa’s ticket.“He is ultimately helping to pay for the average citizen to be able to travel to other planets,” Musk boasted. “It’s a great thing.”The Japanese businessman was previously booked onto a circumlunar flight via SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket, expected to launch by the end of this year.NASA recently introduced the first U.S. astronauts to fly on commercial spacecraft to and from the ISS. Meanwhile, Elon Musk landed in hot water (and a porno) after smoking pot on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Stay up to date with the private aerospace company here. Stay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas SpaceX will fly Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the Moon in 2023.The 42-year-old entrepreneur will be the first private citizen to travel beyond low-Earth orbit, SpaceX chief Elon Musk announced on Monday.Maezawa, founder of e-commerce giant Zozo, signed up for a round-the-moon mission aboard SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Moon,” Maezawa told the audience packed into a SpaceX hangar. “Just staring at the Moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I [did] not pass up this opportunity to see the Moon up close.”The 14th richest person in Japan, however, doesn’t like to be alone. So Maezawa will assemble a band of virtuosos—painters, photographers, musicians, film directors, fashion designers, architects—to accompany him.“In 2023, as the host, I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon,” he said.Keep an eye on the #DearMoon project website for more details as they are released.Musk, who playfully suggested “maybe we’ll both be on” the flight, stressed the danger of this mission.“This is no walk in the park,” he said on Monday. “When you’re pushing the frontier, it’s not a sure thing.”While the BFR (a whopping 387 feet tall) can fit 100 people, according to Space.com, this first trip will carry only a skeleton crew—leaving room for extra fuel, food, water, and spare parts, just in case anything goes wrong.Capable of sending 150 tons into low-Earth orbit, the monster vehicle could one day make obsolete the rest of SpaceX’s fleet—including Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon.“All our resources will turn toward building BFR,” Musk said in 2017. “And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the Space Station.”The CEO also teased alternative plans for ferrying people from one earthbound city to another. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.