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Architecture, Art | December 7, 2018 |

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#dearMoon
SpaceX Project – Space Tourism

Mid-September 2018 brought big news for science and art alike: as its first private lunar mission, Elon Musk’s company Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) plans to send artists to orbit the moon. Slated for launch in 2023 aboard the company’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), the “Dear Moon” project is being backed by Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who intends to take six to eight artists with a range of backgrounds, from literature to dancing to architecture.

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The #dearMoon project is a lunar tourism mission and art project conceived and financed by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Its key component is a private spaceflight involving Maezawa, several artists and one or two crew members on board SpaceX’s BFR spacecraft flying on a circumlunar trajectory around the Moon. The project was unveiled in September 2018 and the flight is expected to occur no earlier than 2023.

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The project objective is to have six to eight accomplished artists travel with him for free around the Moon on a six-day tour. Maezawa expects the experience of space tourism will inspire the accompanying artists in the creation of new art. The art would be exhibited some time after returning to Earth to help promote peace across the world.

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Each artist will be asked to create a work upon return, making it the first time that art will be produced by non-astronauts who have travelled into space. The participants will undoubtedly have a vastly different way of seeing the world than the scientists and engineers who have so far made the journey, and it’s thrilling to imagine the artwork that may eventuate and how it may strengthen the link between humans, our own planet, and the grander universe.

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Over the past half century, only about 550 humans have experienced the planet from beyond the thin blue line of its atmosphere. These astronauts have repeatedly reported that seeing the Earth from above seems to flip a switch in their brains, transforming their perspective of our planet and our place in the universe — a phenomenon termed “The Overview Effect”.

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SpaceX’s intent to fly a group to the moon within the next five years is an electrifying proposition. Though candidates have not yet been approached, project lead Maezawa says he will select artists from a range of disciplines, including a painter, a director, a musician, a novelist, a dancer and a fashion designer. This will hopefully be in addition to ensuring cultural and geographical diversity, which will all be important in ensuring this project has the furthest possible reach, tapping into the interests and emotions of large swathes of the population.

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The practical details of the endeavour are still under discussion, and there is doubt that it will ever get off the ground – but if it does, then what a world-shaking journey it will be. A handful of trained artists will experience the terrifying thrill of wrenching free of the atmosphere and hurtling hundreds of thousands of kilometres through seemingly unending darkness, and then will watch ancient volcanic moonscapes spin gently before their eyes, with our own fragile planet rising in the background, more in need of protection than ever before.

#dearMoonImage courtesy of astronaut William Anders

What will these artists feel? How different will it be to the experiences of scientifically-trained astronauts? What beauty will they be moved to create, and how will we react to it, us with our feet planted so firmly on the ground? Will we finally be driven to take seriously our role as stewards of our one and only planet?

more. dearmoon.earth

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