Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa ISS Trip Tourist
Two space tourists, with one of them being Japanese billionaire Yasaku Maezawa, have successfully arrived at the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The spacecraft’s other occupants are video producer Yozo Hirano and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, all of whom launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday at 2:38 a.m. EST (1738 GMT). Read more for videos of the launch and the trio greeting the ISS crew.

Virginia-based Space Adventures organized this space tourism trip and Maezawa, founder of online clothing retailer ZOZO, brought along a video producer to document the 12-day mission and participate in some health research. Veteran cosmonaut Misurkin was hired as the mission commander to ensure that everything goes smoothly to and from the ISS on Dec. 19. Maezawa’s next big space adventure will be in 2023 aboard the SpaceX Starship.

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Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon. Just staring at the moon filled my imagination. That is why I could not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close. I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself. That would be a little lonely. I don’t like being alone, so I want to share this experiences with as many people as possible,” said Maezawa.


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