SpaceX announces passenger for 2023 moon orbital mission.

Whatever it takes, man.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced Monday night that entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa would be the first private person to fly solo around the moon aboard the company’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch vehicle. Maezawa, a 42-year-old from Japan, is a billionaire who founded Zozotown, an online retail shop. The excited future space traveler exclaimed at the event, “I choose to go to the moon.”

Other reports (H/T: Instapundit) have it that Yusaku Maezawa will be bringing some artists with him on the trip; and I don’t care, man.  Make this a toy for the super-rich and pretty soon it becomes a toy for the upper middle class.  That’s one of the nice things about this society; crass commercialization is a powerful developmental tool.  Which might get me in orbit before I die, so all hail the all-conquering bottom line.

Moe Lane

PS: If this works out, what shall we call Elon Musk?  “The Man Who Apped The Moon?”


  • Spegen says:

    2023? yeah right, this is Musk we are talking about. Would be lucky to have it happen before 2030

    • Rockphed says:

      I will not tempt fate. I will not tempt fate. I will not tempt fate.
      I just hope Musk stops cutting corners before he gets a passenger killed.

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