Japanese billionaire headed to the ISS on a Russian ship

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — On Wednesday December 8, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, 46, flew to the International Space Station (ISS). He sees this flight as a test launch for his future trip around the moon with Elon Musk’s SpaceX in 2023.

On the journey, which will last 12 days, Maezawa is accompanied by his assistant Yozo Hirano, who is sent to document the trip, as well as the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft will reach the ISS in about six hours, Roskosmos reported.

Maezawa, the first Japanese tourist to visit the ISS, intends to become the first private passenger on a lunar journey aboard SpaceX in 2023. Maezawa has already begun seeking eight people to join him, demanding that candidates pass medical tests and interviews.

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