If you were dreaming of being the first private citizen in space... you've been beaten to it.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced today that Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private passenger to fly around the moon. The Japanese billionaire is the founder and CEO of Japanese fashion retailer Zozo.
The flight, set for 2023, will launch from Kennedy Space Center, in the Big Falcon Spaceship (BFS) which will be part of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) booster. Both Falcons are currently still in development, so hopefully this will not be a rerun of SpaceX's 2017 plan to take private citizens into space. That flight, set for 2020, was cancelled because the company didn't want to spend the resources certifying those rockets for human travel.
The BFS is said to be able to hold 100 passengers. Maezawa, an avid art collector, plans to bring six to eight artists with him. He has not selected the artists, so now is your chance to get an invite to space: become a celebrated artist, become friends with Maezawa, and maybe mention that you are inspired by space and want to paint the universe up close. Maezawa is calling this the "Dear Moon Project," so it sounds like he is hoping to get some new art out of this.
Source: NBC News