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A DJ, a rapper and a YouTuber are set to fly to the Moon on Musk's Starship

By T.K. Randall
December 9, 2022 · Comment icon 8 comments



Will Starship beat Artemis II to the punch ? Image Credit: SpaceX
SpaceX is planning to send a human crew around the Moon in its new Starship spacecraft as early as next year.
Measuring 50 meters long, weighing in at 120 tons and equipped with six engines - three fixed and three movable - Starship is nothing if not ambitious.

Designed to carry cargo and astronauts all the way to Mars, this next-generation spacecraft is the real deal and could see the first humans set foot on the Red Planet in the not-too-distant future.

The project has not been without its share of setbacks, however.

Despite the fact that SpaceX only managed to get Starship to land without exploding as recently as 2021, it is perhaps surprising that it intends to launch a fully manned mission to orbit the Moon as early as next year - even sooner than NASA's Artemis II.

Lasting 8 days, the mission would take its crew within a mere 200km of the lunar surface.
Now Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who last year launched a global search for creative individuals to take with him on the mission, has announced who will be joining him.

The crew members will include K-pop rapper Choi Seung hyun, dancer Yemi A.D., DJ Steve Aoki, wildlife photographer Karim Iliya, YouTuber Tim Dodd and actor Dev Joshi.

"I hope each and every one will recognize the responsibility that comes with leaving the Earth, traveling to the Moon and back," said Maezawa. "They will gain a lot from this experience and I hope they will use that to contribute to the planet, to humanity."

Fortunately for his passengers, Maezawa will also be covering the cost of their tickets.

Whether or not the mission will actually go ahead, however, remains in question with Starship still awaiting approval from US regulators for orbital journeys.

As things stand, it has been grounded for the last 18 months.

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by and-then 2 months ago
It won't surprise me if they impede his efforts at Space-X as payback for his moves at Twitter.  I'm SICK of the corruption in DC.  I wish an asteroid would take the place out and leave nothing but a smoking hole...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Timothy 2 months ago
Elon Musk does and says a lot of outrageous stuff. He’s spontaneous and unpredictable. High risk. And he makes a lot of promises he doesn’t keep. Vapourware etc. I wouldn’t want to be on his first flight around the moon…
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 months ago
They should have brought Monty Python too.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Gumball 2 months ago
Hopefully it's a ruse and they're actually on the return trip to Mars.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hammerclaw 2 months ago
He should include Harry and Meghan and drop them off.
Comment icon #6 Posted by silentsinger 2 months ago
Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke... "A DJ, a K-Pop singer and a youtuber went into space..." Anyone know the punchline? Or maybe that is both the premise and the punchline?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Myles 2 months ago
Has anyone told them that there is no drinking alcohol on the flight?  They may change their mind.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Desertrat56 2 months ago
How close do you live ot D.C.?  Aren't you in the souther U.S.?


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