Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa seeks eight people to fly around Moon on Elon Musk SpaceX flight

Abbianca Makoni
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<p>If accomplished, the mission would be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.</p> (AP)

If accomplished, the mission would be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.

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Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight members of the general public to fly with him on a trip around the Moon on Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight.

The mission, dubbed dearMoon, is scheduled to fly in 2023. The Japanese fashion mogul will pay the full fee for those looking to take up the opportunity.

If accomplished, the mission would be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.

Advertising his offer on Twitter, Maezawa published a promotional video which featured South African billionaire Musk.

In the video, Musk said: “For anyone thinking of joining in on this mission, they’ll love it. This will be historic, very fun and interesting and inspiring.”

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In order to be successful, applicants need to meet the criteria: they should advance whatever activity they are in to help other people and greater society in some way, and must be willing to support other crew members who share similar aspirations.

Speaking from his home, Maezawa said: “The mission will take place two years from now, in 2023. As you may know, we will be going on the rocket ‘Starship’ currently being developed by SpaceX.

“It will take three days to get to the Moon, loop behind it and come back and I will pay for the entire journey. I have bought all the seats so it will be a private ride.”

Yusaka Maezawa and Elon muskYusaka Maezawa/ youtube
Yusaka Maezawa and Elon muskYusaka Maezawa/ youtube

In 2018, Maezawa was named as the first private passenger due to be flown around the moon by SpaceX.

Although it is not known how much he agreed to pay for his journey to space, Musk has previously said it was “a lot of money.”

Last year, the art collector launched a documentary search for a new girlfriend to join him on the trip, before cancelling due to “mixed feelings.”

He had also said he planned to invite “artists” for the voyage but instead this new plan “will give people from around the globe the chance to join this journey.

“If you see yourself as an artist, then you are an artist,” he said.

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