Russia will launch Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa with his assistant Yuzu Hirano to the International Space Station in December. The Russian space agency Roscosmos announced this on Thursday. They are the space tourists coming from Space Adventures, a company that specializes in space tourism.
The duo will depart from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on December 8 with a Soyuz MS-20 for a twelve-day flight. The captain of the Soyuz is the Russian professional astronaut Alexander Mysorkin.
I am very interested in what it means to be in space. So I plan to discover my personal impressions and share them with the world on my YouTube channel, ” Roscosmos quotes Japanese.
In June he will start a three-month training course in Star City near Moscow.
Space Adventure confirms that for the first time, two space tourists are making a trip with the same spaceship at the same time. It’s also ten years after his last trip into and out of space.
The company has been working with Roscosmos since the flight of the first space tourist, American, Dennis Tito, in 2001. So far, seven tourists have visited the space station and paid for their trips themselves. Yusaku Maezawa will be the eighth and first from Japan.
The amount he paid was not revealed.
Yusaku Maezawa, 45, is the CEO of Start Today, which he founded in 1998. He launched the online fashion retail site Zozotown in 2004 and is now the largest site in Japan. He is also known as an art collector.
The Japanese will also be the first tourist to fly around the moon, along with SpaceX’s Starship of America. It won’t be until 2023.