PayPal founder and billionaire Elon Musk just announced the first private moon tourist to go to the moon and back using his space exploration company Space X.
The entrepreneur has worked tirelessly for years to promote space tourism through his company.His efforts have finally paid off with the first space tourist and eight other people leaving earth in the year 2023 using a Space X rocket that has not yet been built.The passengers will go around the moon for the first time since 1972.
In 2017, Mr Musk announced that he would be sending two paying passengers on a loop around the Moon which was to have launched as early as this year.
The lucky Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaka Maezawa (42) offered to pay for 8 other people to experience the once in a lifetime opportunity with him.
Only 24 humans have visited the Moon – all of them Americans; 12 of them landed on the moon. Nasa’s Apollo 17 in December 1972 marked the last time humans landed on the moon or went beyond low Earth orbit.
Mr Maezawa will not land on the moon. He will travel on what is called a “free return trajectory”, which will bring his BFR ship back to Earth after it has gone around the far side of the satellite.
The announcement was made at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California yesterday.