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VIDEO+SpaceX reveals identity of the world’s first lunar space tourist

The Zozotown fashion founder will take a jaunt to the dark side of the moon.

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The last time that humanity set foot on the lunar surface, Richard Nixon was still president and Pink Floyd was still in the midst of recording their seminal album about its dark side. And while SpaceX’s tourism plans don’t involve actually setting down on our nearest celestial neighbor, the company does hope to put Yusaku Maezawa, the billionaire founder of Japanese fashion retailer, Zozotown, as close to it as any human has been in the past couple of decades.

During a press event at its headquarters in Hawthorne California on Monday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told the assembled audience that he wants humanity “to become a multi-planet civilization as soon as possible” and that he hopes to “make people excited about the future.”

“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” Maezawa chimed in. “Just staring at the moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I do not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”

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