A Japanese internet entrepreneur is to be the first “space tourist” to fly round the moon.
Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa declared “I choose to go the the moon” after being introduced by SpaceX’s chief executive Elon Musk at the company’s headquarters in California.
The ex punk band drummer made his money in online fashion with his company Zozo and is the 18th richest person in Japan with a fortune of $3bn, according to Forbes magazine.
Maezawa, 42, will take his trip round the moon in SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship and will be the first man to travel to Earth’s only natural satellite since the US ended its Apollo missions in 1972. Read more
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