The Dear Moon Project Is Sending Normal People Into Space and I’m Applying
Yusaku Maekawa is a Japanese entrepreneur, and he wants to send normal people into space.
Maekawa is a Billionaire, and when he found out about Elon Musk's plan to let civilians fly into space on one of his shuttles, he was inspired. Maekawa bought all of the seats aboard the SpaceX Starship scheduled for a 2023 launch. The mission is to fly around the moon, and back to earth, and thanks to Maekawa, 8 regular people are going to be able to ride for free.
Before you rush to sign up there's a few things you should consider. The first is that the last two SpaceX test flights have ended in a fiery crash. Secondly, you should take into account that this won't be an easy trip. There will be some serious training that happens between now and the launch in 2023.
Maekawa also talks about the two main criteria he will be using to pick the 8 future astronauts.
There are two key criteria for those who want to fly to space with him: A willingness to push the envelope to create a better society, and a willingness to support others, including crewmembers, in their aspirations
The application process is pretty simple to get started, and the deadline to get your application in is March 14th. The initial screening will be completed by March 21st, and that's where the first round of cuts will happen. The next steps include a series of interviews, and once the finalists are picked, they will begin the health screening process.
Getting picked will be no small feet considering the amount of people that want to take a trip around the moon. According to the DearMoon Twitter, there are 300k applicants already, with more coming each day.
I'm sure that anyone old enough to have watched the movie Space Camp is just as excited about this as I am. I have already applied, and we will definitely keep you updated on whatever progress is made. I know there's a slim chance that I get picked, but there's no harm in trying.