Japan billionaire seeks ‘crew’ for trip to moon By Reuters

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By Sam Nussey TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa launched an eight-person search on Wednesday to join him as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon with Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Originally, he had planned to invite artists for the week-long trip scheduled for 2023. The renewed project “will give more people from around the world the opportunity to join this journey. If you see yourself as an artist, then you are a artist “, Maezawa. saying. The first stage of the application process runs until March 14. The entrepreneur, who sold his online fashion business Zozo Inc to SoftBank in 2019, is paying the full cost of the trip in SpaceX’s next-generation reusable launch vehicle, dubbed the Starship. Two recent prototypes exploded during testing, underscoring the risks for Maezawa, 45, and his fellow travelers, who must also grapple with the stresses of space travel on the first private trip beyond Earth’s orbit. . “We hope people get to this mission further than any human being has ever gone from planet Earth,” Musk said, days after SpaceX completed its latest $ 850 million fundraiser, which has helped turn the entrepreneur into one of the richest people in the world. Maezawa is known for his art and supercar collections, and cash gifts that have made him the most followed Twitter account in Japan. Last year he released a short documentary in search of a new girlfriend to join him on the trip before retiring citing “mixed feelings.”

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