Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa arrives at the International Space Station on Dec. 8, 2021 after launching on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, the place he’ll spend practically two weeks visiting as a non-public house vacationer.
Maezawa launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft together with manufacturing assistant Yozo Hirano and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin. The Japanese entrepreneur booked the spaceflight by means of U.S. firm Space Adventures, which has beforehand despatched seven vacationers to the house station on Russian autos.
“I am excited to share every aspect of my journey with everyone on Earth,” Maezawa mentioned in a press release earlier than the launch.
Notably, Maezawa’s ISS go to comes after he booked a visit to the moon with SpaceX, along with his venture known as “dearMoon” that was introduced in 2018. He plans to fly 10 to 12 individuals on SpaceX’s Starship rocket for a multi-day journey that might attain lunar orbit, with Maezawa saying he “will pay for the entire journey.”
SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Maezawa gave an replace on the lunar Starship journey earlier this yr, with the corporate’s schedule nonetheless concentrating on 2023. The dearMoon mission would take three days to fly to the moon, loop behind it in orbit, after which spend three days returning.
For now, Maezawa is in orbit across the Earth – the place he’ll spend about 12 days on board the ISS earlier than returning on Dec. 19.
Maezawa made his fortune after founding style retail firm Zozotown, which he resigned from in 2019 after promoting a majority stake to SoftBank.