Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa raffles 8 free spots to accompany him to the Moon in Elon Musk’s Starship
A few years ago Elon Musk ad that will take Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the moon. A kind of promotional campaign and at the same time financing for the BFR rocket (now the Starship). With the trip planted for 2023, now Yusaku Maezawa has announced that choose eight people to accompany you on the trip, all paid. And there are no special requirements to meet, anyone can apply.
The initial idea of the Japanese magnate was that a group of artists accompany him on the mission to the Moon. At the time, he bought all the seats on the rocket to make the trip as private and select as possible. But the idea of what he considered “artist” three years ago has changed, as he explains in a new video announcement about the mission. Now he believes that anyone who creates something is an artist, therefore anyone can accompany you.
A total of around 10 or 12 people will go on the ship, as he explains, but eight of those people will be invited who will obtain the place by applying for the candidacy. In fact, you can already apply online for it by filling in application.
There are only two “criteria” which Yusaku Maezawa says he will consider. The first of these is that those who travel must improve and help other people and society in some way. The second criterion is that they are willing to help other crew members with similar aspirations.
Advertising campaign or not, the truth is that if the mission is carried out successfully it will be an achievement for humanity. The first time it takes place a private space mission nothing more and nothing less than to the Moon. Also a litmus test for SpaceX in its vision to offer space travel for humans.
The furthest point a human has ever reached
It will be the first civil and private mission to the Moon. Three days of travel to go and another three back, going around the hidden side of our satellite. A trip that if it goes according to plan will break an important record: the furthest a human has gone. While it is true that we have already reached the Moon several times, a human has never gone around the Moon. Therefore, technically it will be the moment in which the human has gone farthest away from Earth.
To accomplish such a feat SpaceX is preparing the Starship, a gigantic ship that at the moment has already managed to take flight but not landing back successfully. Elon Musk is certain that by the end of this year they will already perform orbital flights with the Starship and that by 2023 they will be ready to take humans to the Moon.
Starship to the moon pic.twitter.com/tVMJbBk3BU
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 25, 2021
Nevertheless, Starship is going to have to pass rigorous tests and especially dozens of successful flights before placing humans inside. Something that questions whether they will be ready by 2023. Meanwhile, SpaceX’s Dragon Crew has indeed brought humans inside and successfully to ISS for example.