If you’re not familiar, the design, manufacturer and space exploration entity, SpaceX is a profit company and counterpart to the taxpayer-funded, NASA. Their vision to launch the first civilian mission and fly by the Moon is planned to take place by 2023 with the expected time to and from the moon to take a week.
In 2018, Japanese Entrepreneur, Yusaku Maezawa purchased all the seats aboard this rocket who now opens eight of those seats to the public after announcing and inviting civilians to apply and join as crew members of what he has named the, “dearMoon Project”.
In the video announcement, regarding his motivation behind the dearMoon Project, 45 year old Entrepreneur, Art Collector, Moon Passenger, and Social Activist, Maezawa noted, “I began to think, every single person who is doing something creative with their lives, aren’t they all artists? In that sense, I wanted my invitation to reach out to a broader community and give more people from around the globe the chance to join this journey. If you see yourself as an artist, then you are an artist.”
SpaceX’s Chief Engineer Elon Musk shared, “What’s really significant about the dearMoon mission is that it will be the first private spaceflight with humans beyond Earth orbit. I know that Maezawa is also providing places on the ship for artists and others to join, so he wants this to be something that is exciting and inspiring for the whole world.”
OVERVIEW OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applicants they are looking for “must demonstrate a potential for individual growth from this mission and ensure their experience brings future value for the world, producing societal contributions that will benefit humankind for generations to come.”
STEP1: Pre-registration (by March 14th 6:59 AM PST)
STEP2: Initial Screening (by March 21st 6:59 AM PST)
STEP4: Online Interview
STEP5: Final Interview and Medical Checkup (Late May 2021)
WHO IS Yusaku Maezawa?
In case you’re wondering who this random in, he’s only one of the biggest billionaires from Japan whose successful online fashion retail store was sold for $10 billion. A humanitarian at heart, he has since dedicated himself to a variety of projects such as investing in 13 different businesses to help them go public, running a money giveaway project, so far giving away $28 million, carrying out a Basic Income Social Experiment.