Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is heading to outer space with SpaceX and he isn’t going alone.
According to the latest source on NextShark, Aoki and BIGBANG’s T.O.P will join six other professional individuals chosen from a list of around one million applications.
Yuzaku Maezawa is on a mission and will be representing the first few on a civilian trip to the Moon. The trip dubbed the “dearMoon” project is scheduled for 2023 and is expected to last for around six days.
Watch the dearMoon participant announcement here.
Joining T.O.P and Aoki are Irish photographer Rhiannon Adam, Czech designer Yemi A.D., American space YouTuber Tim Dodd, American filmmaker Brendan Hall, British filmmaker Karim Iliya and Indian actor Dev D. Joshi. American former professional snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington and Japanese dancer Miyu were named as backup crew members.
The participating members is said that they will not land on its surface. But instead, will fly around the Moon aboard a reusable rocket from SpaceX.
“I applied for dearMoon because as a young boy, I always wanted to go into space. It’s been a dream of mine for decades,” explains Aoki, who plans to DJ during the trip and write a song about it.
Aside from announcing the official crew, the project also released individual interviews showcasing each selected member.
The dearMoon project was first announced in 2018. To prepare for the 2023 trip, Maezawa flew to the ISS last year and spent 12 days filming about life in space.
“More than anything I think it’s important that each crew feels they are enjoying this trip the most, so I hope we can all just have fun,” said Yuzaku Maezawa.
Read more about the dearMoon project on its official website, here.