SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon.
Maezawa is the founder of Zozotown, Japan's largest online fashion mall.
Meazawa said he plans to bring between six and eight artists along with him-the idea being that they'll be inspired to share the trip with people on Earth in ways the less-artistic among us never could.
The 42-year-old tech tycoon made headlines Tuesday when SpaceX revealed that Maezawa has chartered a flight aboard the company's Big Falcon Rocket, which is still being developed, for a slingshot trip around the moon as soon as 2023.
Musk said the BFR is still in development and would make several unmanned test launches before it takes on passengers.
He wondered on stage what John Lennon, Coco Chanel, Michael Jackson or Andy Warhol would have created had they seen the Moon up close.
The mission, which is now planned for 2023, will mark the first visit to the Moon by humans since NASA's Apollo 17 landing in 1972. Twenty-four men flew to the moon from 1968 through 1972, and half of them made it to the lunar surface. He is also known for having dropped $110 million on a painting by the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat past year at a Sotheby's auction.
It's unknown how much Maezawa paid for the flight around the moon, but Elon Musk has revealed that it's quite the sum, which is helping with the ship, booster, and everything else to get ready for launch. "So, I choose to go to the moon with artists", he said.
In the meantime, Maezawa and Musk have promised to update the public with the latest updates about the Moon mission in the coming years. He said, "As far as me going, I'm not sure".
"I know that sounds insane, and we don't usually meet our time lines, but I wanted you to know at least order of magnitude, that's what we're thinking", Shotwell said.
SpaceX, which is under contract by NASA to fly its astronauts to the International Space Station, recently announced it had to delay that first flight to April of next year.
"These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us", he opined.
"Maybe we'll both be on it", Musk said with a smile. "I don't know", Musk said.
On plans to send "space tourists" to the moon SpaceX said in early 2017.
When asked about Boeing Co CEO Dennis Muilenburg's prediction that the first humans will be carried to Mars on a Boeing rocket, Musk responded, "Game on", to the sound of cheers from employees assembled at the event.
Musk's successes have recently been overshadowed by his behavior and the struggles of his Tesla electric vehicle company to deliver.
SpaceX gave no details of the flight but said it would be "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space".