Fly Me To The Moon; Okay, If You’ve Got $100 Million
Yusaku Maezawa announced as the first private passenger to fly around the moon
Grow Talk by Sofy Robertson
For forty-six years, everything that we (the collective we, as in we of Earth) have sent into Space has been robotic. Rovers and probes have voyaged into Space but not one human has left low-Earth orbit since the Apollo 17 Lunar mission of 1972. All that is about to change.
SpaceX, designers and manufacturers of advanced rockets and spacecraft was launched in 2002 with the ultimate goal to:
“revolutionize space technology […] enabling people to live on other planets.”
On Monday 17th September they announced the first private passenger to fly on their lunar mission: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.
If all goes to plan, Maezawa will make the trip to circumnavigate, but not land on, the Moon in 2023. I know what you must be wondering: sounds like there’s space (no pun intended, I assure you) for a few more? How do I get a ticket? Well, Maezawa is calling for artists to accompany him and take part in a collective art project after they return to Earth.
It is not known how much Maezawa’s lunar ticket cost him, but if we go by previous examples, emptying out your piggy banks just isn’t going to cut it. Dennis Tito, who spent eight days aboard the International Space Station in 2001, reportedly paid $20 million (£14m) for the trip. Virgin Gallactic, the world’s first commercial ‘spaceline’, has given over 500 people a ride on SpaceShipTwo with tickets costing around $250,000. I don’t know about you, but that rules me out of a ticket on two counts.