Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to become first moon space tourist

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The event is schedule for 9pm ET, and SpaceX usually does a great job with its live streams so we can expect plenty of commentary and context both before and after the formal announcement.

Like SpaceX's existing rockets, the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, the first stage can detach from the rest of the rocket and return to Earth for an upright landing.

Maezawa has not revealed the price of his trip, but Musk said it was "a lot of money".

The mission in question is planned for 2023 and would be the first lunar journey undertaken by humans since 1972, when the final Apollo mission took place.

He'll be the first private passenger to visit the moon in the company's much hyped Big Falcon Rocket - if the launch happens.

"I'm not sure if we will test a flight around the Moon or not, but we will probably try doing that before sending any people".

The BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket, is SpaceX's forthcoming spaceship system that consists of two parts: A massive rocket booster that promises to out-power any ever built, and a towering spacecraft that will vault out of the Earth's atmosphere.

"I choose to go to the Moon", the 42-year-old said to cheers and applause at SpaceX headquarters in California, after being introduced by the aerospace company's CEO Elon Musk.

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Prior to the announcement on Monday, Musk took to Twitter to show off two new images of the BFR.

The rocket itself is not yet built and Musk said that the mission was "not 100pc certain".

The BFR, for Big Falcon Rocket, will make a single swing around the moon.

Maezawa didn't immediately say who will be on his guest list for the spaceflight, but in response to a question from a reporter he said he'd consider inviting Musk. The trip was organized by the Virginia-based company Space Adventures, which has since sent several more paying customers on spaceflights. As things stand, there are no plans to authorise the Falcon Heavy to carry humans in space.

The company considered the would-be trip an "important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".

The 106 metre (347 feet) long ship was first announced previous year, and Musk said the ship will contain up to 40 cabins which will have enough space for 100 people.

So far, Musk said the BFR project is a relatively small project within SpaceX, which has become a major space launch firm for satellites and to resupply the International Space Station.

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