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Japanese Billionaire Names Everyday Astronaut Dodd, DJ Aoki to Dear Moon Mission

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
December 8, 2022
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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has named “Everyday Astronaut” YouTube video producer Tim Dodd, American disc jockey Steve Aoki and six other people from five nations to accompany him on a six-day trip around the moon in a SpaceX Starship at some future date.

Others on the mission include:

  • American documentary filmmaker and photographer Brendan Hall
  • British photographer Karim Iliya
  • Italian photographer Rhiannon Adam
  • multi-disciplinary creative Yemi A.D. from the Czech Republic
  • Indian actor Dev D. Joshi
  • South Korean musician TOP (Choi Seung Hyun).

The backup lunar participants are American snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington and Japanese dancer Miyu.

The flight is nominally scheduled for next year. However, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has yet to conduct a flight test of its massive Starship/Super Heavy booster that will launch the mission. When they will fly is unknown.

You can find out more about the mission and those selected to participate here.

9 responses to “Japanese Billionaire Names Everyday Astronaut Dodd, DJ Aoki to Dear Moon Mission”

  1. Robert G. Oler says:

    when St. Elon is having issues the PR machine strikes up. so now we are naming crew to fly when? 2026. Now Tim will start really sucking up as for the rest of the crew…who are they?

    safe flights…whenever

  2. Robert G. Oler says:

    angry is angry 🙂

  3. Nick H says:

    I think there is a very good chance this flight will never happen. It’s ridiculously dangerous and it’s very hard to imagine it being safe enough before many crewed missions have flown – which puts this well into the next decade.

  4. Robert G. Oler says:

    Musk does this when he runs into some problem. look for an announcement soon of Starship launching “next year”

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