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An eccentric Japanese billionaire has decided to offer tickets to accompany him on a space tourism trip. The departure, on SpaceX, is scheduled for 2023.

An eccentric Japanese billionaire has decided to offer tickets to accompany him on a space tourism trip. The departure, on SpaceX, is scheduled for 2023.

(AFP) – This is the kind of opportunity that comes only once: a free ticket for a round trip Earth-Moon. And it is Yusaku Maezawa who will give you this gift. So, your traveling companion will be this online fashion mogul, contemporary art collector and patron who was the first private client to book a flight aboard Starship, a future habitable rocket developed by the American aerospace company of ‘Elon Musk. Amount of the ride on SpaceX? Secret!

Initially, this Japanese intended to find a girlfriend for his flight around the Moon, by launching a strange contest with “single women aged 20 years and over”. He then changed his plans, not without having attracted nearly 30,000 applications, saying he wanted to invite six to eight artists instead.

In a video posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday, the billionaire, 45, finally opted for a broader recruitment policy, saying he now believes that “everyone who does something creative can be called an artist.”

“I invite you to join me on this mission. Eight of you from around the world, he said. I bought all the seats so it will be a private trip ”. Applicants will only need to meet two criteria: be willing to “push the boundaries” of creativity and be willing to help other crew members do the same.

The schedule calls for aspiring astronauts to pre-register by March 14, with a first selection due a week later.

Elon Musk “very confident”

No deadline is given for the next steps – a “mission” and an online discussion – but final interviews and medical exams are scheduled for late May this year, according to the billionaire’s website. Mr. Maezawa and his companions will become the first lunar travelers since the last American Apollo mission in 1972, at least if SpaceX is able to complete this project on time.

“I am very confident that we will reach the orbital level with Starship before 2023 and that the safety will be sufficient for human flight in 2023. It is very promising,” said Elon Musk in Mr. Maezawa’s video. aired Wednesday.

SpaceX plans to launch its first space tourism mission for the fourth quarter of 2021, targeting low Earth orbit. This mission, called Inspiration4, will be carried out using the reusable Falcon 9 space launcher and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon space vehicle, already used by NASA.

It will host the American billionaire Jared Isaacman, who also offered three seats at his side. Her first elected, announced at the end of February, is a 29-year-old American survivor of pediatric cancer.


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