Meet Yusaka Maezawa, a Japanese retail entrepreneur, art collector, fashion innovator, and now, the first person chosen to board SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).
"I choose to go to the moon," said Maezawa, who announced that he will bring with him six other artists of varying backgrounds and specialties in an art endeavor called Dear Moon. What Elon Musk described as a universal art project, both he and Maezawa hope the participating artists will be moved by the experience to create unique works.
SpaceX has begun working on the B.F.R. already, which Musk has estimated the development to cost between $2 billion and $10 billion. The rocket is intended to be more powerful than the Saturn 5 that NASA used for the Apollo missions in the 1960s. The BFR will accommodate 100 passengers, and is expected to take flight in 2023.
What's interesting about this impending voyage, is that it will converge science and art— a testament to how intertwined these subjects are, both inspiring and elevating each other's scope and impact on society.
Take a look at some mock-up renderings of the BFR from SpaceX below.