Japanese Billionaire Opens Applications for People to Join SpaceX Mission

Musk, dressed in black, smiles while holding Japanese space tourist Yusaku Maezawa on his shoulders. In the background is a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket.

Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese fashion mogul, is offering eight people a trip of a lifetime. Yusaku is going to pay for eight people to join him on Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight in 2023. Maezawa is calling this opportunity, ‘dearMoon’.

Maezawa has two criteria to apply for the trip. Ysaku Maezawa stated, “whatever activity you are into, by going to space, I hope that you can push its envelope, to help other people.” and that the applicants should be people who,”could do something that’s even better, even bigger” than what they can accomplish on Earth. The second criteria is being able to support other members of the crew.

Registration for the space mission will end March 14th and initial screening will end March 21st while the medical final interviews and medical screening are set to conclude sometime in May.

Works Cited

Lewis, Sophie. “Japanese Billionaire Seeks Eight People for Free Trip to the Moon.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 3 Mar. 2021, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/japanese-billionaire-yusaku-maezawa-application-free-moon-spacex-trip-dearmoon/  

Wattles, Jackie. “Japanese Billionaire Invites 8 People to Join SpaceX Mission around the Moon.” CNN, Cable News Network, 3 Mar. 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/03/tech/spacex-tourist-dear-moon-mission-maezawa-scn/index.html