On Tuesday, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa had announced his desire to take eight members to the Dear Moon mission in collaboration with Elon Musk’s SpaceX that would be the first civilian lunar mission. And within three days he has been flooded with over 3,00,000 applications from around the world.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Yusaku revealed that his Dear Moon Project has received over 300k applications from over 237 countries and regions. The highest number of applications were from India followed by the United States, Japan, France, and the United Kingdom.
#dearMoonCrew applications are now more than 300K and from 237 countries + areas.＜TOP 15＞1. India🇮🇳2. US🇺🇸3. Japan🇯🇵4. France🇫🇷5. UK🇬🇧6. Mexico🇲🇽7. Spain🇪🇸8. Canada🇨🇦9. Turkey🇹🇷10.Germany🇩🇪11. Colombia🇨🇴12. Brazil🇧🇷13. Russia🇷🇺14. Italy🇮🇹15. Netherlands🇳🇱
— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) March 4, 2021
The Dear Moon Project was first unveiled in 2018 when SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced the Japanese billionaire as Starship’s first signed passenger back during an event at SpaceX's California headquarters. At that time Maezawa, who also happens to be an avid art collector, announced his Dear Moon Project, which aimed to take six to eight artists from around the world along with him in a week long-day lunar flyby mission sometime in 2023. Maezawa had said that the artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth, and the masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us.
On Tuesday, Maezawa released a video on YouTube where he expanded on his project and said that the crew of Dear Moon Project will be leaving in two years from now. In total the SpaceX’s Starship, that is currently being developed by the company, will carry 10 to 12 members out of which eight are being invited by the Maezawa.
The mission will take three days to reach the moon and three days to return making it a total six-day trip. Since Maezawahas paid for the entire trip, the selected candidates will not be asked to spend their money on buying the seats. Maezawa also mentioned that his definition of artist since 2018 has evolved and that all those people who think they are creative can apply for this mission.
The two main criteria to be a part of the Dear Moon project, Maezawa mentioned in his video was that whatever field the applicant was into he hopes that they can push the envelope in that sphere by going into space. He also mentioned that if by going to space the applicant can contribute to the greater good of society then they do have a chance of taking the trip with him.