Japan's Maezawa to Be SpaceX's 1st Moon Rocket Customer

Science Society Technology

Hawthorne, California, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa will be the first customer to fly around the moon aboard BFR, a large rocket being developed by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of the United States, the company, known as SpaceX, said Monday.

The 42-year-old president of Start Today Co. <3092>, which operates online fashion mall Zozotown, is expected to take the flight in 2023.

It will be the first voyage close to the moon by mankind since the United States' Apollo missions in the 1960s-1970s that achieved the first manned landing on the only natural satellite of Earth.

If the journey, which is expected to last four to five days, is realized, Maezawa will be the first civilian to fly around the moon.

At an event to announce the BFR passenger held at SpaceX's head office in Hawthorne, California, Maezawa said that flying to the moon was his lifetime dream.

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