Japanese billionaire offering free trips to moon

A Japanese billionaire is offering people the chance to join him on SpaceX's planned private space flight to the moon in 2023, the first time private citizens of any country will travel that far.

In a tweet and video released early Tuesday morning, Zozo CEO Yusaku Maezawa indicated that he would invite eight people to join him on the planned mission, adding that those from "all kinds of backgrounds" are encouraged to apply.


In the video, Maezawa indicated that he originally planned for a selection of artists to accompany him on the flight, but soon expanded his plans after considering what would be considered "art."

"Whatever activity you are into, by going to space, I hope you can push its envelope," he said.

The planned moon mission will follow a private spaceflight chartered from SpaceX by billionaire Jared Isaacman, set to take place later this year, for which Isaacman is also set to invite four other private citizens to join him. That mission was announced earlier this month.

"It will be the first-ever all-private crewed orbital mission in history," SpaceX CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskWhy does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Hillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure Progressives fear infrastructure's climate plans won't survive Senate MORE, said earlier this month upon announcing the mission.

SpaceX has remained the leading company in the development of private space flights but has suffered a handful of setbacks in its attempts to provide such services, most recently in December when a rocket produced by the company exploded after a test flight.