Billionaire Maezawa Announces Crew for the First Planned All-Civilian Flight Around the Moon Aboard SpaceX’s Starship

Billionaire Maezawa Announces Crew for the First Planned All-Civilian Flight Around the Moon Aboard SpaceX’s Starship

Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire of Start Today, Inc., announced that 8 crew members and 2 backup crew members have been selected for “,” the first all-civilian project planned to fly around the Moon aboard Elon Musk's 's upcoming .

The 8 crew members will fly around the Moon for approximately 7 days with Maezawa and return to Earth.

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Source: Start Today Inc.
Photo credits: Featured: Start Today Inc.; Below: SpaceX Concept Art
Spacex Starship on the Moon

The First All-Civilian Mission to Fly Around the Moon Aboard SpaceX's StarShip

usaku Maezawa (CEO, Start Today, Inc.) announced that 8 crew members and 2 backup crew members have been selected for “dearMoon,” the first all-civilian project to fly around the Moon aboard Starship, a rocket being developed by SpaceX.

In March 2021, Maezawa, put out a call on the official dearMoon website for the opportunity of going to space to more diverse talents, and received more than 1 million applications from 249 countries and regions.

The 8 crew members will fly around the Moon for approximately 7 days with Maezawa and return to Earth.

The primary crew is:

  • : 2x-GRAMMY nominated music producer, artist, fashion designer and entrepreneur
  • Rhiannon Adam: Photographic artist
  • : Content creator, photographer, videographer, and musician. Host of YouTube Channel “
  • Yemi A.D.: Multi-disciplinary creative force, social innovator, and choreographer
  • Brendan Hall: Documentary filmmaker
  • Karim Iliya: Photographer and filmmaker
  • TOP / Choi Seung Hyun: Musician, award winning film actor, and avid art collector
  • : Professional actor and social media influencer

There are two backup crew members, US Olympic gold medal snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington and Japanese dancer and choreographer Miyu.

Maezawa fulfilled his dream of going to space by staying on the (ISS) in December 2021. His next challenge is this first all-civilian trip around the Moon in the history of mankind.

“We received applications from about one million people from all around the world… [The crew] are all fantastic people,” shared Maezawa. “There isn't a set task for each of them, but I hope each crewmember will recognize the responsibility that comes with leaving the Earth… They will gain a lot from this experience, and I hope they will use that to contribute to the planet, to humanity.”

“The entire SpaceX team is excited for these extraordinary people to join the dearMoon mission,” said Jessica Jensen, SpaceX Vice President of Customer Operations & Integration. “We look forward to flying this crew of artists, content creators, and athletes from all around the world who will travel within 200 km of the lunar surface as they complete a full journey around the Moon before safely returning to Earth.”

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