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Here’s one way you can get a free ticket to the moon

By Brooke Villanueva Published Mar 03, 2021 12:46 am

Is it your dream to fly to the moon? 

Here’s your chance to make it happen: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is in search for eight individuals who can join him in his private mission around the Moon via SpaceX’s Starship rocket, with 2023 as a tentative year. 

“I want people from all kinds of backgrounds to join,” said Maezawa, who initially wanted artists to be part of the dearMoon mission, as announced by him and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in 2018. However, he revealed in a recent promotional video that the plan has since changed as “maybe every person is doing something creative could be called an artist.” 

This time, he’s looking for potential passengers who can meet the following criteria:

  • "Whatever activity you are into, by going to space, I hope that you can push its envelope, to help other people and greater society in some way."
  • "You have to be willing and able to support other crew members who share similar aspirations."

The best part? There's no need to worry about the expenses because everything will be covered by Maezawa. “I will pay for the entire journey. I have bought all the seats, so it will be a private ride,” he said. 

The project “will take three days to fly to the moon, loop behind it in orbit, and then spend three days returning,” CNBC reported. “Musk added that, in addition to the historic first as a private lunar mission, the rocket’s flight path means it will go beyond the distance traveled by the Apollo mission.”

As stated in the same report, Musk additionally said they "expect people will go further than any human has ever gone from planet Earth."

Interested crew candidates may pre-register until March 14. It will be followed by an “initial screening” process on March 21 and a “final interview and medical checkup” in May.

Article thumbnails from dearMoon's official website