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A Japanese billionaire takes artists on a trip around the moon (video)

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced in a video that will be allowed to take a SpaceX space trip around the moon with him. It concerns eight people, including a DJ, K-pop superstar, YouTuber, photographer and an actor.

Four years ago, it was announced that Maezawa was the first person to book a trip to the moon. He did it at SpaceX, the space company of American billionaire Elon Musk. Last year, he announced he was giving away eight tickets for his journey into space. People from all over the world could register. The chosen ones are the American DJ Steve Aoki and his compatriot and youtuber Tim Dodd, the Czech artist Yemi AD, the Irish photographer Rhiannon Adam and his British colleague Karim Iliya. American filmmaker Brendan Hall, Indian actor Dev Joshi and South Korean rapper TOP are also allowed to join.

Additionally, there are two free spots for American snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington and Japanese dancer Miyu, Maezawa announced in this video.

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“I hope they all realize the responsibilities that come with leaving Earth and traveling to the moon and back,” Maezawa said in the YouTube video. He added that the crew “will learn a lot from this experience” and hopes it will ultimately result in contributions to “the planet and humanity”.

The space trip, which is expected to last about six days, is scheduled for 2023 with Starship, a spacecraft that SpaceX is in the process of finalizing. Musk has promised a test flight into orbit before the end of this year. Successful test flights have already been performed in the atmosphere with Starship components.

Maezawa made his fortune selling clothes online. The billionaire is known for his love of space travel and spent just under two weeks in 2021 on the ISS space station. He was previously in the news because he placed an ad online to find a girlfriend who wanted to travel to the moon with him.

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