Japanese billionaire offers space seats to the Moon | Voice of America

Japanese billionaire offers space seats to the Moon |  Voice of America

TOKYO – It’s the kind of luck that comes once in a blue moon: Japanese billionaire launches private lunar expedition to eight people around the world.

Yusaku Maezawa, an online fashion mogul, was announced in 2018 as the first man to reserve a seat aboard the lunar spacecraft developed by SpaceX.

Maezawa, who paid an undisclosed sum for the trip which was due to begin around 2023, initially said he planned to invite six to eight artists to join him on the trip.

But on Wednesday, in a video posted on his Twitter account, it revealed a broader application process.

“I invite you to join me in this mission. Eight of you from all over the world, ”he said.

“I bought all the seats so it will be a private ride,” he added.

Maezawa said his original plan for inviting artists had “evolved” because he came to believe that “everyone who does something creative can be called an artist.”

The Japanese entrepreneur said applicants should meet only two criteria: be willing to “push the boundaries” creatively and be willing to help other crew members to do the same.

In all, he said between 10 and 12 years old …

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