April 13, 2021

A Japanese billionaire wants 8 people to come with him on SpaceXs first civilian mission round the moon. Heres what its like to apply for the competition.

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  • Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has eight tickets for SpaceX’s first commercial space flight, scheduled for 2023.
  • Maezawa is holding an open competition for people to apply for the tickets.
  • Previously, he said he’d only take artists, but now he’s broadening the search.
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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has launched an open competition for people to accompany him on the first commercial, civilian space flight round the moon on SpaceX’s Starship rocket.

The trip is slated to last six days: three days to get to the moon and loop round the back of it, and three days to return to Earth. Maezawa bought eight tickets for the flight, which is scheduled to take place in 2023, back in 2018. Originally he said he would give the seats to artists, but now he is broadening the search.

In January 2020, Maezawa also said he would take part in a reality TV show to find a girlfriend to accompany him on the trip, although he later abandoned the idea.

Here’s what the application process to join Maezawa on his 2023 SpaceX flight is like: