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SpaceX Will Send a Japanese Billionaire to the Moon—And He’s Taking a Bunch of Artists With Him

By The Atlantic

The spaceflight company said Monday it would take Yusaku Maezawa on a historic trip in 2023Read full story

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  • Stephanie  Schierholz
    Stephanie Schierholz Space Communicator

    I do like the idea of including artists on such a trip, but I also think your crew needs expertise. I wouldn't get on a boat without a skilled sailor and feel the same about a spaceship.

  • Cool? I guess? I want to be excited about this — the space nerd in me is screaming! — but until some tangible proof emerges that this mission will happen, it's still firmly on the Mars One end of the private-space-flight spectrum: an exercise in showboating marketing.

  • Max Lockie
    Max LockiePlatform Editor at Quartz

    I've got a bad feeling about this whole thing. Did you know that Yusaku Maezawa's twitter handle is @YouSuck2020 ? Well it really is! It looks like he's found a fellow rich dude internet troll buddy in Elon Musk. I really hope they don't all die in a giant fire ball.

  • Yoko Gibo
    Yoko GiboVP growth at Willo

    It’s exciting news and all but on top of that I loved the creative domain for his project.! What a name

    https://dearmoon.earth/

  • Greg Vetter
    Greg VetterCEO at Tessemae’s

    Wasn’t this a bad movie where everyone turns into aliens and takes over earth? Not good.

  • Space tourism goes back farther than people realize with Space Adventures and sending billionaires to the space station in Russian Soyuz rockets. I’m surprised it took this long for commercial trips to the moon. Onward!

  • Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
    Anthony Duignan-CabreraCEO at ADC Strategy

    Well, of course a wealthy person is going to the moon and back on a privately built spaceship. Isn't that the whole point of the "New Space" industry? That's why Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin exist. While everyone points to Dennis Tito as being the first, true wealthy space tourist (he hitched a ride on a Soyuz in 2001), he wasn't the first "civilian" to go to space, in 1990 a Japanese journalist was sent to Russia's MiR space station. The whole point of space exploration is so that regular

    Well, of course a wealthy person is going to the moon and back on a privately built spaceship. Isn't that the whole point of the "New Space" industry? That's why Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin exist. While everyone points to Dennis Tito as being the first, true wealthy space tourist (he hitched a ride on a Soyuz in 2001), he wasn't the first "civilian" to go to space, in 1990 a Japanese journalist was sent to Russia's MiR space station. The whole point of space exploration is so that regular people can travel in space. Like the early days of Transatlantic sailing, or commercial airlines, those who can afford it always go first. You can argue that in the past there were unwilling participants like slaves or underpaid sailors and crew, but only those with money could afford to take the risk.

  • Darky nkol
    Darky nkolsir

    A most excellent idea. Without those pioneers throughout our history, where would we be now? and without pioneers today, where will we be tomorrow?

  • Yusaku, I’m here for you, man.

  • Aside from a deal closed with a happy customer, it might develop to become a win-win scheme to both companies.

  • D.A. Wallach
    D.A. WallachproRecording Artist & Investor

    What a wild dude. Love the energy!

  • Michael  Dattilio
    Michael DattilioBenefits Counselor at Way Station

    I’m curious as to what such an artist’s work would fetch.

  • Mark Daume
    Mark Daume

    Good for a billionaire. But, big whoop. We, taxpayers would still be paying for it. Aren’t there more important issues right here, on Earth. If this does happen in my lifetime, send Trumpster, on a one-way trip. BTW, didn’t he want to shut down NASA?

  • Yuni Wakamatu
    Yuni Wakamatu

    Art and space integration expects new category.

    Space dance for instance😂Oh Virtual Insanity!

  • Harvey Bird
    Harvey Bird

    Its definitely a risk!

  • E. Carol Dallesandro
    E. Carol Dallesandro Artist at CoDo Artworks

    Fantastic!!

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