SpaceX DearMoon Mission Will Take Eight People ‘further than any human has ever gone’

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It seems like we are moving in the era of space travel quite rapidly. SpaceX DearMoon Mission is all set to take eight people to the moon. The Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa is bankrolling the SpaceX DearMoon Mission.

About The SpaceX DearMoon Mission

It was announced by Yusaku Maezawa and Elon Musk in 2018. The idea with DearMoon Mission was to take eight people to the moon on the SpaceX’s still-in-development Starship and loop around the moon on a six-day mission.

SpaceX Starship DearMoon Mission
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The original plan was to invite artists from around the world. However, the criteria for “artists” were never really defined.

On Tuesday, Maezawa rolled out a new video for the mission. In the video, he said the DearMoon mission will be open for everyone around the world.

“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.

He also highlighted “two key criteria” for the civilian passengers:

  • “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.”
  • “You have to be willing and able to support other crew members who share similar aspirations.”

Maezawa says that 10 to 12 people will go on board on the first flight around the moon. Elon Musk also makes an appearance in the video. He says that the mission aims to take people “further than any human has ever gone from planet Earth”. This is because the Starship will fly past the moon and loop around it to head back to Earth.

Musk is “highly confident” that the Starship will have reached orbit “many, many times” before 2023. This will make it “safe enough for human transport” by the time we get close to the mission launch date.

The selection process for DearMoon Mission is yet to be defined properly. However, the website’s schedule indicates that the crew selection process will happen by July 2021. You can pre-register on the website right now and should hear more “after March 15, 2021” regarding the selection process.  

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