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Japanese billionaire will reach International space station

Yusaku Maezawa has already passed the medical exams

As reported yesterday, Thursday 13 May 2021, by Space Adventures, a Japanese billionaire is ready to reach the International Space Station (ISS). We are talking about Yusaku Maezawa, CEO of Start Today, a Japanese company mainly active in the world of e-commerce and fashion. The man and his production assistant, Yozo Hirano, are planning this space trip, to be precise aboard the Soyuz Ms-20 rocket, even if we will have to wait a few more months before departure. In fact, the appointment is scheduled for next 8 December, at the Kazakh cosmodrome of Baikonur which is often chosen for missions of this type. The usual medical examinations were passed without any problem, consequently Hirano and Maezawa are more than suitable for a flight among the stars. The commander will be the Russian astronaut Alexander Misurkin: we are talking about a mission lasting 12 days, as announced by Space Adventures itself. The entire crew will receive approximately three months of training for better travel preparation, a series of tests that will start in June at the “Yuri Gagarin” center in Russia. The Asian billionaire said he was very curious to find out what life in orbit will be like, an experience that will be shared with the whole world through his YouTube channel. For now, seven people have personally financed a visit to the space station as will Maezawa, the first individual of Japanese nationality in this sense.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency