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Maezawa needs you: Japan billionaire seeks ‘crew’ for moon journey

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TOKYO: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on Wednesday (Mar 3) launched a seek for eight individuals to hitch him as the primary personal passenger on a visit across the moon with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

He had initially deliberate to ask artists for the week-long voyage slated for 2023.

The rejigged undertaking will “give extra individuals from across the globe the possibility to hitch this journey. Should you see your self as an artist, then you might be an artist”, Maezawa mentioned.

The primary stage of the appliance course of runs to Mar 14.

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The entrepreneur, who offered his on-line vogue enterprise Zozo to SoftBank in 2019, is paying the complete price of the voyage on SpaceX’s next-generation reusable launch car, dubbed the Starship.

Two latest prototypes have exploded during testing, underscoring the dangers for Maezawa, 45, and his fellow passengers, who should additionally deal with the strains of house journey within the first personal journey past Earth’s orbit.

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“This mission we anticipate individuals will go additional than any human has ever gone from Planet Earth,” Musk mentioned, days after SpaceX accomplished its newest US$850 million fundraising, which has helped flip the businessman into one of many world’s richest individuals.

Maezawa is understood for his artwork and tremendous automobile collections, and the money giveaways which have made him Japan’s most-followed Twitter account.

Final 12 months he launched a short-lived documentary seek for a brand new girlfriend to hitch him on the journey earlier than pulling out citing “blended emotions”.

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