Want to Fly to the Moon? Now’s Your Chance

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the moon's disc
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Imagine if your next expedition were to the Moon. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, an art collector and fashion guru, will pay for the tickets of eight lucky people to join him on a voyage to our lunar neighbor in 2023, aboard one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX crafts.

There’s a catch, sort of. He’s looking for participants who might better humanity in some way by going into space. He was originally looking for artists who could render the experience when they return home but decided to extend it to others who might also contribute. “If you see yourself as an artist, then you are an artist,” he says.

Is this too good to be true? Maybe…

Earth rising over the lunar surface

Earthrise over the lunar surface. Photo: NASA

So far, space tourism has been only a concept. Companies like SpaceX have spearheaded the resurrection of space exploration after the end of NASA’s Shuttle program. SpaceX’s success with sending astronauts back into space has once again sparked the human imagination to reach beyond our planet. This would be the first manned lunar journey since 1972. It takes three days to get to the Moon and another three days back.

For eight people somewhere, 2023 is definitely something to look forward to…or look up to. Maezawa himself is most keen to see our “big blue Earth” from space and to see Earthrise as the spaceship reemerges from the dark side of the moon.

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Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu is a writer (and occasional photographer) based in sunny Trinidad and Tobago.

Since graduating from the University of Leicester with a BA in English and History, she has pursued a full-time writing career, exploring multiple niches before settling on travel and exploration. While studying for an additional diploma in travel journalism with the British College of Journalism, she began writing for ExWeb.

Currently, she works at a travel magazine in Trinidad as an editorial assistant and is also ExWeb's Weird Wonder Woman, reporting on the world's natural oddities as well as general stories from the world of exploration.

Although she isn't a climber (yet!), she hikes in the bush, has been known to make friends with iguanas and quote the Lord of the Rings trilogy from start to finish.

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