Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for eight people to go to the Moon


If SpaceX manages to consolidate this journey, the japanese magnate and his companions will become the primary lunar travelers since the last American Apollo mission in 1972.

It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: an eccentric Japanese millionaire offers eight seats to people worldwide to accompany him on an area tourism trip round the Moon, scheduled for 2023 with SpaceX.

Yusaku Maezawa, an internet fashion mogul, contemporary art collector, and patron, is that the first private customer to book a flight aboard Starship, the long run habitable rocket developed by Elon Musk's aerospace company, for an amount not has been unveiled.

Initially, she had to search outa disciple for her trip round the Moon through an odd contest aimed toward "single women over 20 years old." But later, he changed his plans after having received 30,000 applications and announced that he would invite six or eight artists.

But in a very video released Wednesday, the 45-year-old millionaire finally opted for a way broader nomination process because he's convinced that "every one that does something creative is called an artist."

“I invite you to hitch me for this mission. Eight of you from round the world, ”he declared. "I have bought all the seats so it'll be a non-public trip."

Candidates will only should meet two criteria: being willing to “push the limits” of creativity and helping the opposite crew members do the identical.

In total, about 10 or 12 people will participate within the expedition to travel round the moon, Maezawa said.

The calendar foresees that potential astronauts will register before March 14, and also the first selection are going to be made per week later.

Elon Musk "very convinced."
According to the millionaire's website, no dates are announced for the subsequent stages - a "mission" and an internet meeting - but the ultimate interviews and medical exams are scheduled for the top of May 2021.

Maezawa and his companions will become the primary lunar travelers since the last American Apollo mission in 1972 if SpaceX succeeds in finishing up this project.

And it's that two prototypes of its Starship rocket crashed on landing in recent months.

"I am very confident that we'll reach the orbital level with Starship before 2023 whichthe securityare going to be sufficient for a person's flight in 2023. it's very promising," said Elon Musk within the video that Maezawa released on Wednesday.

SpaceX anticipates its first space tourism mission for the fourth quarter of 2021, in low Earth orbit.

This mission, called Inspiration4, are going to b applied because of the reusable Falcon 9 ballistic capsule and SpaceX's Crew Dragon artificial satellite, already utilized by NASA.

This mission will participate the American millionaire Jared Isaac man, who has also offered three places at his side. the primary chosen, announced at the tip of February, may be a29-year-old American, recovered from pediatric cancer.