SpaceX lunar tourism mission

Nov 18, 2019
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The #dearMoon project is a lunar tourism mission and art project conceived and financed by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. It will make use of a SpaceX Starship on a private spaceflight flying a single circumlunar trajectory around the Moon. The passengers will be Maezawa, several artists, and one or two crew members. The project was unveiled in September 2018 and the flight is expected to occur no earlier than 2023.
Start of mission
Crewyusaku maezawa and many more
Spacecraft properties
Mission typeCrewed lunar flyby
Mission duration6 days
Spacecraft typeStarship
Crew size8–11
MembersYusaku Maezawa, Damien Chazelle (not accepted yet)
Launch date2023 (proposed)
RocketSuper Heavy
The project objective is to have six to eight accomplished artists travel with him for free around the Moon on a six-day tour. Maezawa expects the experience of space tourism will inspire the accompanying artists in the creation of new art. The art would be exhibited some time after returning to Earth to help promote peace across the world.
Maezawa had previously contracted in 2017 with SpaceX for a lunar flyby in a much smaller Dragon 2 spacecraft launched by a Falcon Heavy launch vehicle which would have carried only two passengers. But according to a SpaceX announcement in early 2018, the Falcon Heavy plan was shelved in light of the development of BFR.
As of 2019, the Starships are in development. The crewed flight will not take place until after the Starship systems are tested on Earth and in outer space.

Without Maezawa's financial boost we wouldn't be seeing Starship's accelerated development, and maybe not at all. Need more folks with resources and ambition like Maezawa. I just hope it all pans out in the end and continued missions and dev lead to the price dropping enough for general population to board Starship.