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Vancouver artist hopes to fulfill ridiculous dream by joining SpaceX moon mission

Vancouver artist hopes to fulfill  ridiculous dream  by joining SpaceX moon mission
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Its been a childhood dream of mine to go into outer space, Michael Markowsky told CTV News Channel on Saturday. Since I became an artist, I had a dream of going to outer space and making a painting on the surface of the moon. When I woke up from that dream, I thought, That was ridiculous. But then the more I thought about it, I thought maybe its actually ridiculous that it hasnt happened yet.

In five years, though, it very likely will.

Standing alongside SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Sept. 17, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced that he would be taking six to eight creative types with him on a private 2023 lunar flyby trip.

"I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself," Maezawa said at a press event with Musk. "I wish to create amazing works of art for humankind.

Even though Maezawa has not said how he will select his guests, Markowsky believes hes well-positioned to join the mission.

Ive actually been essentially training for this mission for the past 10 years, he said while sporting a SpaceX t-shirt. Im not aware of any other artists around the world whove been in training for a lunar mission.

As part of the Canadian Forces Artists Program , Markowsky has and made cloudscape drawings from the backseat of a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet travelling faster than the speed of sound.

Markowsky is now urging people to express their support of what he calls the most ridiculous dream in the world with the social media hashtags #PaintOnTheMoon and #MarkowskyToTheMoon.

I also want to use this as an opportunity to encourage other people to think about their own dreams and express their dreams, the artist added.

Musk and Maezawa, you know, they are visionaries. Theyve seen that space travel is a possibility for everybody and to bring artists around to help document that experience so that we can share it with the billions of other people who may not be able to go there, I think is a gift theyre giving to the world.

Vancouver artist Michael Markowsky believes he has the right stuff to head to the moon on a 2023 SpaceX voyage. (CTV News Channel)
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