Image Credit: NASA, full moon photographed from Apollo 11 spacecraft (1969)
By: Rachel Lyons
Last week, Elon Musk announced the exciting news that Yusaku Maezawa has purchased 6-8 spots on the BFR to circle the moon, with an expected launch date in 2023. The Japanese art collector plans to bring on a number of artists of different disciplines to share the experience with the world afterwards. Yusaku Maezawa describes his mission beautifully:
I choose to go to the Moon, with artists.
If Pablo Picasso had been able to see the moon up-close,
what kind of paintings would he have drawn?
If John Lennon could have seen the curvature of the Earth,
what kind of songs would he have written?
If they had gone to space, how would the world have looked today?
People are creative and have a great imagination.
We all have the ability to dream dreams that have never been dreamt, to sing songs that have never been sung, to paint that which has never been seen before.
I hope that this project will inspire the dreamer within each of us.
Together with Earth’s top artists, I will be heading to the moon… just a little earlier than everyone else.
I am truly blessed by this opportunity to become Host Curator of “#dearMoon”.
I would like to thank Elon Musk and SpaceX for creating the opportunity to go around the moon in their BFR. I would also like to thank all those who have continuously supported me.
I vouch to make this project a success. Stay tuned!
What is perhaps the most exciting part of this project, from a Space for Humanity (S4H) perspective, is how aligned the project is with the S4H mission. As Space for Humanity Founder Dylan Taylor put it shortly after the announcement, “the industry and society as a whole is moving closer to a better understanding of the true power of space. That is, as a tool for transformation and an elevation of perspective.” Between 2018 and the targeted launch date of 2023, Maezawa plans to spend a portion of time selecting the members, and the remaining time training them for the impact they plan to make afterwards. After the flight, they will create and publicize their work.
Similarly, Space for Humanity is now working on recruiting and selecting applicants from diverse backgrounds, who are going to make their mission an expression of themselves. After going through the selection process and multiple rounds of interviews, S4H’s astronauts will go through an intense training program where each individual designs their unique social impact ambassadorship – selecting the communities they want to impact, and how they want to do so. If they are passionate about sharing the perspective that space brings with students, they will be given the training and tools to go to classrooms and inspire students. If they want to speak for audiences, they will do that. If they want to share their art or music with their communities, they will do that.
The most powerful way to inspire a community is to share something that is true to the individual. Something created by the individual. Maezawa’s project, and Space for Humanity’s, are the perfect place to start. These projects will open up space as a possibility to people around the world, people who have never seen it as something that could be a part of their life. It will bring that orbital perspective to communities it has never touched before. It will inspire art and communication much beyond the individuals that are flying.