The reusable 387-foot rocket is expected to cost about $5 billion.
SpaceX's competitors are Blue Origin, the company of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, and Virgin Galactic of entrepreneur Richard Branson.
"Space and the moon represent something to people all around the world", Markowsky said. The price for "Untitled" was reportedly the highest ever paid at auction for a work of art by an American artist, and the sixth-highest price for any piece of art. The eccentric Japanese billionaire began his career in music before transitioning to e-commerce. There had been little talk of rebooting the plan until recently, and it appears the trip is back on.
Maezawa built his art binge on the money he got by selling shares in the company he founded. He has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on art, including a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting the bought for $110.5 million.
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SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said at a conference outside Washington earlier Monday that she hoped the spaceship would be making short test flights next year.
SpaceX has not announced how much Maezawa is paying for his trip. "I choose to go to the moon with artists". No names have yet been announced on who will accompany him on the trip around the moon. The Japanese billionaire introduced his project DearMoon.Earth, in which he will choose six to eight artists to come along with him on the week-long mission. The Japanese tech billionaire said this in the press meeting that took place yesterday at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the BFR is still in development. The tech guru discussed in the press event that colonizing mars would be a vital element to preserving humanity in the event of a catastrophe on Earth.
Maezawa shared his thoughts about becoming the first private citizen on the moon, saying that it had always been a childhood dream and one that "fuelled" the artist's imagination. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English and is extremely in-tune with what the internet is talking about today. She covers tech, entrepreneurship and entertainment news and is based in Park City, Utah.