In 2023, will civilians fly around the moon for the first time? According to Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa , the answer is yes. He is bankrolling the DearMoon mission, which is intended to take a group of eight people to the moon on SpaceX’s still-in-development Starship and loop around Earth’s natural satellite on a six-day mission. The project, announced by Maezawa and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in 2018 , originally planned to invite artists from around the world to experience. The criteria for “artists” was never clearly defined, but on Tuesday, in a new promotional video for the mission, Maezawa announced that DearMoon would be opened up to practically everyone across the globe. “I began to think that maybe every single person who is doing something creative could be called an artist,” he says in the video, which you can view below. CNET Science From the moon to your inbox. Get the latest space stories from CNET every week. Maezawa outlines “two key criteria” for the civilian passengers. These seem fairly flexible, too. “Whatever activity you are into, by going to space, I hope that you can push its envelope, to help other people and greater society in some way.”… Read full this story
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