Valentine is approaching, but chocolate is not on the menu for one lucky gal, who will get a chance to ride with one billionaire on a trip around the moon.
Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and first prospective rider on SpaceX’s deep-space rocket, has launched a campaign to find a significant other to join him on a trip around the moon, according to CBInsights.
The contest is open to women who are older than 20, “want to enjoy life to the fullest,” and “wish for world peace.”
Will you be my Valentine for eternity?
Introducing “Full Moon Lovers,” a “serious matchmaking documentary” that will follow Maezawa as he searches the universe for his soul mate. Maezawa will be the first private person to take a ride aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX with his lucky lady, set for 2023.
Known for founding Zozotown, Japan’s largest online fashion mall, Maezawa is worth $2 billion, according to Forbes. The requirements to date the 44-year-old are straightforward:
This is not the first eccentric stunt Maezawa has pulled. In early January, he announced that he would give away about $9 million in a lottery to his followers as part of a social experiment tracking whether money makes them happier.
In 2018, Maezawa announced he purchased not just one, but all of the seats aboard SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket, which is tentatively set to blast off for a week-long trip to the moon in 2023.
Those vying to be his leading lady should have applied by 10 a.m. Japan time on Jan. 17. Selection will begin end Jan.
Can I have that dance? Let’s orbit
According NASA, Earth is orbiting the sun at 67,000mph. Our star, in turn, is spinning around the centre of the Milky Way at 490,000mph.
Our galaxy is caught up in a longer, larger dance, waltzing around the universe, arm in arm with the Andromeda galaxy. Each orbit around the centre of the Milky Way takes Earth roughly 250 million years. Since our planet was born, 5bn years ago, we have completed the larger loop just 20 times. The Milky Way and Andromeda are together entangled and now humans will try to do just that.
Are you an Asgardian?
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides recently announced the company already has 603 reservations to fly people to the edge of space.
The Virgin Galactic tickets, costing $250,000 per person.
Some 14.4 million Britons could be happy to pay the price for more affordable spaceflight, according to a poll conducted by the space nation of Asgardia.
According to the poll, a further 18% of the UK – about nine million people – could be willing to invest their life savings to briefly become an astronaut.
Asgardia touts itself as the world’s first space-based micro-nation, with territorial claims in low Earth orbit or LEO secured with a satellite launch in 2016.
That same year Asgardia rose to prominence when its founder Dr Igor Ashurbeyli claimed Asgardia will help give birth to the first space child in as little as 25 years.
According to Asgardia’s website, there are more than one million people around the world who call themselves Asgardians.
European space tourism
The European Space Agency (ESA) has outlined its mission schedule for 2020, telling Euronews a number of satellite launches and space flights will take place across the year.
The Director-General of the ESA, Jan Wörner, said it was an exciting time for space exploration.
“In February we will launch the Solar Orbiter and will investigate the sun. The sun is very important not just for daylight but also for monitoring solar flares and solar storms which can really have an impact on electrical systems and internet connections.”
While the likes of Richard Branson and Elon Musk push forward with plans to send travelers into space, the ESA said that while it doesn’t directly have plans to join them, it supports their endeavours.
“We are a public organisation. We are not disturbing the commercial market but we are supporting it to develop new fields. Space tourism will certainly come, not just in lower orbit but also to the moon,” Wörner said.