Madness For Free Travel Project1199 To The Moon., a million people ask for a place. Eccentric billionaire Yusaku Maezawa seeks eight citizens who want to travel to space in 2023 aboard the first extraterrestrial tourist flight.
One million people have applied for a place to participate in the “dearMoon” project (dear Moon) , headed by the Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa , who is looking for 8 companions with an artistic vocation for his trip to the Moon scheduled for 2023.
“We have received requests from a million people from 249 countries and territories , that is, basically from all over the world,” Maezawa revealed this Friday in a video posted on the YouTube platform, in which he noted that the selection is in the ” final review process “of applications and submitted to some of the candidates.
Among them are figures such as the Panamanian Essdras M. Suárez , twice Pulitzer Prize winner for photography; the Olympic and American snowboard medalist Kaitlyn Farrington , the dancer and quantum physicist Merritt Moore or the DJ Steve Aoki .
Maezawa, founder and CEO of Japan’s largest online fashion retail business, Zozo (ZozoTown), announced his journey in 2018 with Elon Musk’s US company SpaceX , and last March launched a campaign to Recruit the crew , whose only requirement is that they carry out an artistic or creative activity.
The first space tourist looks for 8 companions to go free to the Moon
They are looking for people “who believe that this trip to space can expand their creativity in order to do something useful for society” and who, with this in mind, “who believe that they can serve as support for the rest of the crew,” he explained. then.
Six days of travel
“I am very curious to see what colors look like, what the cosmos looks like,” explains artist Avery Singer in her candidacy video, whose works are exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York or the Guggenheim. and who seeks the opportunity to be “the artist who is not only capable of experiencing this, but of downloading it, returning to my studio and translating it into my work”.
Other applicants are Italian LGTBIQ activist Riccardo Simonetti, Czech choreographer Yemi Dele Akinyemi, American Alyssa Carson, known for her love of space and her NASA Blueberry page, or Sri Lankan Sandali Lakshani Kumarasighe, with a similar passion that she actively promotes in her country.
Final line of the selection
The cost of the lunar trip, which will last about six days (three to arrive and three to go around the Earth’s natural satellite), will be borne entirely by the Japanese businessman .
The selection process is in the final stretch, according to those responsible, who will now carry out a series of online interviews and a final interview, as well as medical examinations, before announcing the final cast of the crew.