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Japanese billionaire Maezawa to reach his space flight dream

18:47, 07 December 2021
Japanese billionaire Maezawa to reach his space flight dream Photo: NASA/USGS

Japanese billionaire Maezawa to reach his space flight dream with SpaceX


A billionaire from Japan whose name is Yusaka Maezawa is yet another wealthy person who announced his plans to participate in one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX space flights.

The journey is being scheduled in 2023.

Visiting space is one of Maezawa’s childhood dreams and fulfilling it will bring him a lot of joy, he says.

Until the flight takes place Maezawa will be undergoing special training at a Roscosmos space center in Russia’s capital Moscow.

He said that his favorite part of training was the simulation of weightlessness, while his least favorite was the spinning chair.

The trip will be more large-scale than the latest flights that took place as it will perform a trip around the Moon.

The 46-year-old will reach the international space station (ISS) by a Russian Soyuz rocket which will launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan which is Russia’s main cosmodrome since the times of the Soviet Union.

"I'm excited. I feel like an elementary school student about to go on a outing," Maezawa said, commenting on the upcoming 12-day flight.

"I didn't think I would be able to go to space. I used to like the starry sky and heavenly bodies. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity and to finally fulfill my dream," he continued.

The last Japanese citizen to embark on such a journey was journalist Toyohira Akiyama in 1990.