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Meet SpaceX’s first moon tourist, Yusaku Maezawa

The Japanese billionaire isn't the only one headed for the moon.

Only 24 people have ever orbited the moon. The first three managed the feat on Christmas Eve, 1968, nearly 50 years ago. The last three left in 1972. Since then, no one has gone back. Recently, both the United States and China have expressed interest in a lunar return visit—but so have private companies.

On Monday night, at 9:00 p.m. eastern, Elon Musk announced the identity of the first passenger on SpaceX’s inaugural lunar mission.

“We are honored that he’s choosing us—we’re not choosing him,”

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