Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for 8 people to join him on a fully funded civilian trip to the moon.
A Japanese billionaire who is scheduled to take the first civilian flight to the moon, courtesy of Elon Musk's SpaceX, is searching for 8 people to join him on the trip, pro bono.
The trip is scheduled to take place in 2023. Candidates who are interested in a free trip to the moon are encouraged to apply at dearMoon.
"I will pay for the entire journey. I have bought all the seats, so it will be a private ride," said Maezawa. "I hope that together, we can make it a fun trip." According to the dearMoon website, pre-registration closes March 14, with initial screenings by March 21. Final interviews and medical checkups are expected to occur by May of this year.
Maezawa says there are only two criteria for being selected for the trip. First, a sense that "whatever activity you are into, by going to space, I hope that you can push its envelope, to help other people." Second, a willingness and ability to support the mission and other crew members.
Good luck to all who apply. To the moon!