Full Moon
Un luna llena sobre los montes Graveney en Kent en una noche de otono, en Bretana Octubre 26, 2015 Reuters/Dylan Martinez

It’s probably safe to assume that billionaires’ spending habits are a bit different than normal folks. But the way some rich folks spend money is a bit more eccentric than others such as the case of Japanese Yusaku Maezawa who just splurged some serious cash by purchasing the first round trip tickets to the moon and back on board Elon Musk’s SpaceX spaceship.

According to Business Insider, the 44-year old Maezawa purchased the first batch of SpaceX tickets for a trip to the moon and back for himself and some of his artist friends. Even fellow billionaire and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk described Maezawa decision to be one of the first commercial passengers to the moon as an incredibly brave move.

After all, there are inherent risks involved in space travel. “This is going to be dangerous,” Musk said. “This is no walk in the park.”

Even with today’s advancements in space technology, it’s not guaranteed that everything will go according to plan. “It's not 100% certain that we succeed in getting this to flight,” Musk added. “But we're going to do everything humanly possible to bring it to flight as fast as we can and as safely as we can.”

The amount the Japanese billionaire for the round trip tickets to the moon was not disclosed. However, it’s probably beyond the reach of regular Joes as Musk confirmed that Maezawa is “paying a lot of money.”

The inspiration to bring artists along for the ride was brought about by a Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork. “One day when I was staring at his painting, I thought, ‘What if Basquiat had gone to space and had seen the moon — what wonderful masterpiece would he have created?’” Maezawa explained.

Maezawa also revealed that he is looking for a “female partner” along for the ride. “WANTED!!! Why not be the ‘first woman’ to travel to the moon?” he posted on his Twitter account adding the hashtag #MZ_looking_for_love.

Women who want to audition for the spot have until January 17 to do so via his website. The search will also be featured in Maezawa's matchmaking documentary titled “Full Moon Lovers.”

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