Eight Artists Chosen for First Civilian Moon Trip

Four years ago, Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa stood alongside SpaceX chief Elon Musk to announce plans for the first civilian mission to the moon.

At the presentation in 2018, Maezawa said he had covered the costs of the weeklong mission and wanted to invite eight other people to join him on the lunar flyby, a voyage that will likely be similar to NASA’s current Artemis I mission involving the Orion spacecraft.

Last year, the Japanese businessman launched an application process for the trip of a lifetime. Maezawa said then he was interested in hearing from people who think big, particularly when it comes to helping society in some way. He also wanted applicants to be “willing and able to support other crewmembers who share similar aspirations.”

On Thursday, Maezawa confirmed that the search for his fellow crewmembers has now finished as he revealed eight young creatives from around the world. They include DJ Steve Aoki and K-pop star T.O.P. Check out how the selected crew feel about the dearMoon mission in the video below.

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