If you didn't make the cut as one of the eight artists chosen to ride in SpaceX's 2023 mission around the moon, you might be in luck. Of course, the objective of this would be that once the artists would come back from the Moon, they will be able to come up with great artwork. The idea is for those creative minds to see the moon up close and planet Earth from afar.
"I wish to create unbelievable works of art for humankind", Maezawa said.
The sad part is that the BFR is still a far from reality and even Musk himself said that "not 100 percent certain we can bring this to flight". SpaceX's other major venture thus far, the Falcon Heavy, which is a reusable heavy lift launch vehicle, took almost twice as long to complete than expected.
The billionaire stood before the audience at SpaceX headquarters on Monday evening and was greeted with cheers as he proclaimed John F. Kennedy's famous line "I choose to go to the moon".
The reusable 118m rocket will have its own dedicated passenger ship and its development is expected to cost about US$5 billion, Musk said.
Some of the Apollo missions orbited without landing, as this one will.
Its plan to fly tourists around the moon has also been delayed.
FILE PHOTO: Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive of Zozo, which operates Japan's popular fashion shopping site Zozotown and is officially called Start Today Co, speaks at an event launching the debut of its formal apparel items, in Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2018.
In 2016 he sold $250 million worth of stock so he could buy more art.
SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk outlined a somewhat different mission past year.
Maezawa is not shy when it comes to spending his riches, as evidenced when he made headlines for shelling out a record $110.5 million for Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 painting of a skull a year ago.
Scott Kelly knows a thing or two about space travel.
The amount Maezawa is paying for the trip was not disclosed, but he told Reuters the total sum was "much higher" than the cost of a Basquiat painting.
Russian and Chinese companies are also working on space tourism plans. According to Musk, the ultimate goal for the BFS and the BFR is to colonize Mars. The Falcon Heavy rocket launched four year later than planned, while the crew capsule will have been delayed by five years when it sends the first crew of astronauts to the International Space Station in 2019.
Musk's successes have recently been overshadowed by his behavior and the struggles of his Tesla electric auto company to deliver.
Shares in Tesla have had a turbulent time after the entrepreneur said in a tweet last month that he wanted to take the carmaker private.
The British diver, Vernon Unsworth, sued Musk for defamation on Monday and is seeking more than $75,000. Musk continues to maintain Commercial Crew as a priority for SpaceX now.