You want to visit the Moon? Join Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa for a Chance
Japanese Billionaire Yusaku MaezawaA Japanese billionaire and fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, has announced that he is looking for 8 people that will join him on the lunar spaceship being developed by SpaceX, this is a sort of opportunity that comes along just once in a blue moon.
According to Yusaku Maezawa, he wants 8 people from across the world to join him on the private lunar expedition. Maezawa, who paid an undisclosed sum for the trip expected to launch in 2023 at the earliest, originally said he planned to invite six to eight artists to join him on the voyage around the moon.
But on Wednesday, in a video posted on his Twitter account, he revealed a broader application process. “I’m inviting you to join me on this mission. Eight of you from all around the world,” he said. “I have bought all the seats, so it will be a private ride,” he added.
45-years Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said his initial plan of inviting artists had “evolved” because he came to believe that “every single person who is doing something creative could be called an artist.”
The Japanese entrepreneur and fashion tycoon said applicants would need to fulfill just two criteria: being ready to “push the envelope” creatively and being willing to help other crew members do the same. In all, he said around 10 to 12 people will be on board the spaceship, which is expected to loop around the moon before returning to Earth.
Pre-registration for the would-be space travelers is on the 14 of March 2021, while the first screening would be done on the 21 March 2021. No deadlines are given for the next stages – an “assignment” and an online interview – but final interviews and medical checkups are currently scheduled for late May 2021, according to Maezawa’s website.
Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his band of astronauts will become the first lunar voyagers since the last US Apollo mission in 1972 – if SpaceX can pull the trip off.
SpaceX is still hoping that it would one day develop a reusable lunar craft capable of carrying crew and cargo to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Last month, a prototype of its reusable lunar craft Starship crashed in a fireball as it tried to land upright after a test flight, the second such accident after the last prototype of the Starship met a similar fate in December.