One million people have applied to participate in the dearMoon project, headed by the Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa, which seeks eight companions with artistic vocation for his trip to the Moon scheduled for 2023.
“We have received requests from a million people from 249 countries and territories, that is, basically from all over the world,” Maezawa revealed this Friday in a video posted on the YouTube platform, in which he noted that the selection is in the “final review process” of requests and introduced some of the candidates.
Among them are figures such as the Panamanian Essdras M. Suarez, twice award Photography Pulitzer; the American Olympic ‘snowboard’ medalist Kaitlyn Farrington; the dancer and quantum physics Merritt Moore, or the DJ Steve Aoki.
Maezawa, founder and CEO of Japan’s largest online fashion retail business, Zozo (ZozoTown), announced his journey in 2018 with US company SpaceX, from Elon Musk, and last March launched a campaign to recruit the crew, whose only requirement is that engage in an artistic or creative activity.
“We have received requests from a million people from 249 countries and territories, that is, basically from all over the world.”
They look for people “who believe that this trip to space can expand your creativity in order to do something useful for society “and that, with this in mind,” believe that it can serve as support for the rest of the crew, “he explained then.
“I am very curious to see how the colors look, how the cosmos looks“explains the artist Avery Singer, whose works are exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from New York or the Guggenheim, and who seeks the opportunity to be “the artist who is not only capable of experiencing this, but also of downloading it, returning to my studio and translating it into my work.”
Other applicants are the Italian LGTBIQ activist Riccardo Simonetti, the czech choreographer Yemi Dele Akinyemi, the American Alyssa Carson, known for her fondness for space and her NASA Blueberry page, or the Sri Lankan Sandali Lakshani Kumarasighe, with a similar passion that he actively promotes in his country.
The cost of the lunar trip, which it will last about six days (three to get there and three to go around the Earth’s natural satellite), will be the responsibility of the Japanese businessman.
The selection process is in the final stretch, according to those responsible, who will now carry out a series of online interviews and a final interview, as well as medical examinations, before announcing the final cast of the crew.