Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will travel to the International Space Station in December 2021. Two years later, in 2023, he wants to fly to the Moon as a tourist – this trip will be organized by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.
Yusaku Maezawa announced this on Twitter.
The billionaire will fly to the ISS with his assistant Yozo Hirano. They will go into space on the Russian Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome on December 8, 2021.
But before that, they will have to undergo special training. Maezawa has already completed the necessary medical examination to begin space flight training. Together with the crew of the spacecraft, space tourists must undergo about three months of training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia.
The flight will last 12 days and will be commanded by Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. Space Adventures, which is organizing the flight, says it will be the first space flight of two tourists at once and the first tourist mission to the ISS in 10 years.
Space Adventures collaborated with Roscosmos on tourist space flights back in 2001. In total, 7 tourists have already traveled to the ISS at their own expense, and Maezawa should become the eighth in the world and the first in Japan.
Yasaka Maezawa also became the first passenger to pay Elon Musk's SpaceX to travel to the Moon.