TOKYO: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa launched a search Wednesday (March 3rd) for eight people to join him as the first private traveler to travel around the moon with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
He originally planned to invite artists on a one-week voyage scheduled for 2023.
The Rejigged project “will provide more people from all over the world with the opportunity to join this journey. If you experience yourself as an artist, then you are an artist,” Maezawa said.
The first phase of the application process lasts until March 14.
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The entrepreneur, who sold his online fashion business Zozo to SoftBank in 2019, is paying the full cost of the trip with SpaceX’s next-generation multiple launch rocket called Starship.
Two recent prototypes exploded during testing, underlining risks for Maezawa, 45, and his companions, who also have to deal with space travel loads on their first private trip out of Earth orbit.
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“With this mission, we expect humans to go further than any man has ever left planet Earth,” Musk said, days after SpaceX completed its latest $ 850 million fundraiser, which helped turn the businessman into a businessman. in one of the richest people in the world.
Maezawa is known for its art and super car collections, and for sharing cash, which is why it is the most followed Twitter account in Japan.
Last year, he launched a short-term documentary search for a new girlfriend to join him on the trip before he pulled out citing “mixed feelings”.