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Japanese Tycoon to Bring Eight Individuals into Space


Japanese Tycoon to Bring Eight Individuals into Space

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Several years ago, the CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, proposed the opportunity for private individuals to journey into space aboard a real rocket. Naturally, due to the extravagant nature of such a journey, the tickets were extremely costly, making it unattainable for the majority of people. One of the fortunate few who could afford this experience was Yusaku Maezawa, the chief executive officer of the Japanese fashion brand Zozo and a flamboyant billionaire. Initially, Maezawa intended to undertake this journey with a companion, prompting him to invite women to apply for a space voyage with him last year. However, he abandoned the plan after receiving 27,000 applications from women, leading to an unexpected turn of events.

Today, Maezawa has revealed that he is once again seeking applicants to accompany him on his SpaceX expedition, but this time, he is not seeking romantic partners. Instead, he is looking for six to eight individuals with a passion for creativity and aesthetics. While his original request was for artists specifically, he has now broadened the parameters to include individuals who appreciate self-expression and the beauty of the world.

“I aimed to engage a broader, more diverse audience,” he stated. “If you identify as an artist, then you are one.”

Maezawa is now accepting applications to accompany him on his “dearMoon” voyage through his website. Having secured all available seats on the flight, apart from the essential SpaceX crew, the vessel will only accommodate him and his chosen guests, totaling around 12 individuals. Although Maezawa’s specific criteria for selecting his passengers has not been disclosed, with the publicized mission by SpaceX not slated until 2023, he will have ample time to make his selections.

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