Japanese billionaire offering free trip around the Moon on SpaceX rocket

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Yusaku Maezawa, an eccentric Japanese billionaire, is looking for eight applicants to join him on a SpaceX flight to the moon in 2023.
  • The application for the dearMoon mission is open to people around the world “from all kinds of backgrounds.”
  • Maezawa has promised that he will cover the costs of the mission for those that will be selected.

Japanese billionaire and eccentric fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa is offering eight seats on a trip to the moon on Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight in 2023. He’s not unfamiliar with publicity stunts and is known for his extravagant spending when it comes to art and sports.

Maezawa shared details for the application on Twitter Wednesday morning. People from anywhere around the world can apply because he’s looking for fellow would-be astronauts “from all kinds of backgrounds.”

Initially, Maezawa planned to invite 6-8 artists to join him. However, he wanted to reach out to a “wider more diverse audience” and broadened the pool of applicants. He booked all the seats on the 2023 flight so “it will be a private ride.” The voyage will fly about 12 people around the moon and back in a week-long journey.

No need to worry about the expenses, 45-year-old Maezawa promised that he would cover the costs for the people selected to join the mission titled dearMoon.

It’s still unclear what the specifics of the selection criteria are. When you click the application link, you’ll submit basic details before the admission process is disclosed.

In a YouTube video, Maezawa said he would be judging applicants based on their ability to “push the envelope” creatively. They should also be willing to help their fellow crew members do so.

During Elon Musk’s 2018 space expedition, the billionaire and CEO of Japanese fashion retailer Zozo was the first to book a spot as a private passenger for an undisclosed amount.

Source: NBC News

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