“It Is Possible For Ordinary People To Choose To Be The Extraordinary.”
大名鼎鼎的SpaceX又搞了个大新闻 - 他们选中了第一名去月球旅行的私人商务游客 - 日本电商服装品牌Zozo的总裁：Yusaku Maezawa！
这位Maezawa总裁将要在2023年搭乘SpaceX的The Big Falcon Rocket猎鹰号火箭去月球观光旅行。这位大佬还计划带上6-8个小跟班 - 他邀请了艺术界，建筑界，设计界的其他大佬们陪他一起去， 因为Maezawa总裁说要鼓舞全人类的梦想 (inspire the dreamer in all of us) （真的不是因为自己一个人上月球空虚寂寞冷吗？😂）
SpaceX的猎鹰号火箭(The Big Falcon Rocket)是一架118米的可回收火箭，它可以载乘客去月球游玩，未来还能载人去火星。猎鹰号现在依然在研发和更新的过程中，并且在登月之前会进行数次的测评和试验。猎鹰号会在最近的2-3年进行绕月环飞试验，以此确保它能在2024年载搭团队游客。
但是呢，你知道的，我们SpaceX的老板Elon Musk，他本人也承认，在规定时间之前完工从来不是他的长项。所以他自己也说，不能百分百的确定，登月旅行时他们的猎鹰号是即时可飞的状态。 Musk还说，光是猎鹰号的研制就花费了50亿美元。但Musk并未告诉我们Maezawa总裁付了多少钱才买下这次的登月之旅。果然有钱人的快乐，我们穷人无法想象啊！
其实呢，去外太空旅行一直是人们很热衷的一件事情(当然了，首先你得买得起票)。从2001年开始，大富豪Dennis Tito就已经买过一张搭乘俄国火箭去国际空间站的票了。当时那段航程是由弗吉尼亚的Space Adventures公司全权负责的，该公司已经帮助过好几个超级大富豪完成他们的太空旅游梦了。
SpaceX现在在跟另外两家公司抢太空旅游的生意 - 亚马逊总裁Jeff Bezos创办的蓝色起源Blue Origin，和著名励志创业界大佬Richard Branson创建的银河处女秀Virgin Galactic，一个个都是了不起的人物。
从地球到月球的距离是382500千米，上一次有宇航员去月球 - 这颗地球唯一的自然卫星 - 还是在NASA的Apollo Program阿波罗登月计划(至今真假难辨🤣)。从1968年到1972年，总共有24个宇航员飞去了月球，过半数都亲自踏足了月球的土壤。
The American space-travel company SpaceX has announced that its first private passenger to the moon will be a Japanese businessman. Yusaku Maezawa is the creator and chief executive of the online clothing store Zozo.
Maezawa wants to take a trip around the moon using the planned Big Falcon Rocket in 2023. He also announced that he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people to join him. He said he wants to “inspire the dreamer in all of us.”
Maezawa said he does not want to have the experience by himself. Instead, he wants his crew, “to see the moon up close, and the Earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience.”
Maezawa added that he often wondered what artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat or Andy Warhol might have created if they had traveled to space.
A former musician, Maezawa, is one of Japan's most colorful business leaders. He is regularly covered by Japanese media for his collection of foreign and Japanese art and fast cars. Maezawa also is known for having paid a record $110 million for an untitled 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Not 100 percent certain
Maezawa's identity was announced at an event on Monday evening at SpaceX’s headquarters and rocket factory near Los Angeles.
At the event, Musk gave additional information about the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, a reusable 118-meter rocket. He wants the rocket to send passengers to the moon and, later, Mars. Musk said that the BFR is still in development and will make several unmanned test launches before carrying passengers.
Musk also added that the BFR could be taking its first orbital flights in about two to three years. Earlier, he had said he wanted the rocket to be ready for an unmanned trip to Mars by 2022 and a crewed flight in 2024.
However, in the past, Musk has not always been able to meet planned target dates. "It’s not 100 percent certain we can bring this to flight," Musk said of the lunar mission.
Musk said the development of the BFR is expected to cost about $5 billion. He did not say how much Maezawa is paying for the lunar trip. But he said that the Japanese businessman will make a significant pre-payment that will help the cost of development.
Space tourism began in 2001 when businessman Dennis Tito paid for a trip on a Russian rocket to the International Space Station. The trip was organized by the Virginia-based company Space Adventures. The company has sent several more paying customers on spaceflights since then.
SpaceX is competing with two other companies for space tourism money. They are Blue Origin of Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos and Virgin Galactic of entrepreneur Richard Branson.
NASA is planning its own orbital trip to the moon with a crew in 2023. The U.S. space agency aims to build a manned space station near the moon during the 2020s.
The distance from Earth to the moon is about 382,500 kilometers. Astronauts last visited Earth’s only natural satellite during NASA’s Apollo program. Twenty-four men flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972, about half of them were able to reach the lunar surface.
falcon - n. 猎鹰
architect - n. 建筑师
entrepreneur - n. 创业者，独立工作人
headquarters - n. 总部，总公司
inspire - v. 激励，激发
private sector - n. 私有部门，私立部门
significant - adj. 重要的，举足轻重的
unmanned - adj. 无人的，无人管理的
manned - adj. 有人的，有人管理的
orbital - adj. 轨道的，环绕的
crewed - adj. 载人的 (crew - n. 组，队，全体人员)
lunar - adj. 月亮的，月球的
Astronauts - n. 宇航员
satellite - n. 卫星
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