Maezawa also said he decided to expand the definition of an “artist”, which he originally defined as singers, dancers, painters and other traditional creative fields. Now he is open to including people from all walks of life, as long as they see themselves as artists, Maezawa said in a video announcement on Tuesday.
The website of “Dear Moon”, Maezawa’s name for his space mission, now contains a link where applicants can pre-register until March 14. The first screening of the candidates begins on March 21.
There will be two main criteria for selection: Applicants should seek to “push the envelope” in their field of work by going to space “to help other people and larger communities in some way”, and they should be willing to support their fellow human beings. crew members during the voyage.
The eight candidates selected from the audience join Maezawa, who pays for the trip and says he will take his passengers for free, and at least one other person. It is not yet clear who will claim the other seats, although Maezawa last year said he was looking for a “life partner” to join him on the trip. There will be 10 to 12 passengers in total, Maezawa said.
The Dear Moon mission will rely on SpaceX’s massive Starship rocket, which is still in the early stages of development at the company’s test facility in South Texas. Although a few early prototypes have conducted short “hop tests”, some of which have flown a few kilometers above the earth, there is still no need to construct a full-scale prototype. Nor has SpaceX begun testing the Super Heavy in public, a giant rocket launcher that will be needed to propel Starship to Earth orbit.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a recent interview with podcast host Joe Rogan that he expects Starship to conduct regular flights by 2023, although it is not clear if SpaceX will meet the deadline. The aviation industry is notorious for projects that take much longer – and count for much higher expenses – than first thought.
If the mission succeeds, Maezawa’s crew will be the very first group of private citizens to venture out of orbit around the earth. Musk said in a video posted Tuesday that the trip could also go further than some of the Apollo missions that NASA carried out in the 20th century.
The six-day mission is expected to spend three days reaching its goal and taking a snake-throwing trip around the Moon before returning home.