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Japanese billionaire announces 8 crew members for Moon Voyage

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The mission, known as dearMoon, was first announced in 2018.

Washington:

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced on Thursday eight crew members who will join him for a trip around the moon scheduled for 2023 on a SpaceX rocket still in development.

The mission, known as dearMoon, was first announced in 2018. Maezawa initially announced that he would invite a team of six to eight artists, but later changed the entry requirements to a contest in which the candidates could apply online.

The eight people chosen were DJ and producer Steve Aoki from the United States; Tim Dodd, an American YouTuber; Czech artist Yemi AD; Rhiannon Adam, an Irish photographer; British photographer Karim Iliya; American filmmaker Brendan Hall; and Indian actor Dev Joshi and K-pop musician TOP from South Korea.

There were also two reserve crew members: snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington from the United States and dancer Miyu from Japan.

“I hope everyone recognizes the responsibility that comes with leaving Earth, traveling to the Moon, and coming back,” Maezawa said in a YouTube announcement video.

“They will take a lot from this experience, and I hope they will use it to contribute to the planet, to humanity.”

According to a mission profile chart on the dearMoon website, the round trip would take almost six days and circle the moon without landing.

When completed, SpaceX’s Starship will be the most powerful rocket ever built.

Although its upper stage has completed atmospheric test flights and successfully landed, SpaceX has yet to conduct an orbital test flight – something founder Elon Musk has repeatedly promised will happen. by the end of 2022.

Maezawa, the mega-rich founder of Japan’s largest online fashion mall, flew to the International Space Station last year aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, paying 10 billion yen ($73 million dollars on current conversion rates).

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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