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posted by janrinok on Saturday January 18 2020, @12:18AM   Printer-friendly
from the to-the-moon-Alice dept.

from the to-the-moon-Alice dept.

SpaceX moon passenger Yusaku Maezawa has 20,000 applicants to be girlfriend he takes on journey:

Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire set to become the first private passenger on a SpaceX Starship, is seeking a partner to "go to the moon with him." The 44-year-old Japanese drummer-turned-entrepreneur, who founded clothing site Zozotown, has begun an unusual quest to find a female partner to take to the moon -- and he's reportedly got over 20,000 applicants.

In partnership with Elon Musk's SpaceX, Maezawa announced in 2018 he would be going to the moon. As part of his mission, he bought up six to eight seats on the company's next-generation Starship and told reporters he would be asking six to eight artists to head to lunar orbit with him. The project, known as #dearMoon, is scheduled to launch in 2023.

[...] As of Thursday, AbemaTV said 21,700 people had applied, with 16 hours left until the deadline.


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Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and fashion retail mogul, arrived at the International Space Station for a 12-day stay on Wednesday. [Dec 8] He is the latest privately funded traveler to the orbital laboratory in a year that has seen more tourists making voyages to space than ever before.

Mr. Maezawa, the founder of Zozo, a Japanese online fashion retailer, launched to space from Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 2:38 a.m. Eastern time (10:38 a.m. local time) on a Russian Soyuz rocket with Yozo Hirano, a production assistant who will document his trip. Alexander Misurkin, a Russian astronaut, was also on board. The three-man crew docked to the space station six hours later at 8:40 a.m. and boarded the outpost around 11:12 a.m.

[...] Mr. Maezawa, an animated adventure-seeker, drew international attention in 2016 when he spent $57.3 million at an auction for a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat. In 2017, he paid $110.5 million for another painting by the same artist. In 2018, he declared his interest in spaceflight at an event at the Southern California headquarters of SpaceX, where he joined the company's founder, Elon Musk, onstage to announce that he would be the first passenger to ride SpaceX's Starship, a massive next-generation rocket that will one day ferry NASA astronauts to the lunar surface.

[...] The space station jaunt for Mr. Maezawa, 46, was announced in May, and he has been training for weeks at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center just outside Moscow.

Read more of the article for estimates of how much Yusaku may have paid for his ride to space.

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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @12:38AM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @12:38AM (#944817)

    yusaku wants a woman

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:13AM (5 children)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:13AM (#944825) Homepage

      " he bought up six to eight seats on the company's next-generation Starship and told reporters he would be asking six to eight artists to head to lunar orbit with him. "

      "Artists," indeed. He doesn't just want a woman up there with him. He wants a Space Bukakke. And he wants to either keep the only video as the achievement of his lifelong dream, or sell the video to perverts worldwide to recoup his losses -- And recoup those losses he will.

      If there are any two things at the forefront of both technology and fetishism, it's the Japanese and the porn industry. But the Germans won't be beat in that regard, keep an eye out for the sequel: Space Scheiße.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by takyon on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:40AM (2 children)

        by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:40AM (#944831) Journal

        https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/18/17872822/yusaku-maezawa-spacex-dear-moon-artists-roundtable-culture [theverge.com]

        Body painters, porn groove musicians, porno film directors, fetishistic fashion designers, erotic dancers, nude photographers, trashy romance novelists, silicone sculptors, erect architects...

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        • (Score: 4, Funny) by TheGratefulNet on Saturday January 18 2020, @02:48AM (1 child)

          by TheGratefulNet (659) on Saturday January 18 2020, @02:48AM (#944846)

          what about rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull-dikes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists?

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          • (Score: 3, Funny) by deimtee on Saturday January 18 2020, @08:07AM

            by deimtee (3272) on Saturday January 18 2020, @08:07AM (#944913) Journal

            Do they all have badges?

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      • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Saturday January 18 2020, @04:34AM

        by stretch611 (6199) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 18 2020, @04:34AM (#944878)

        He wants a Space Bukakke.

        The crude and rude pervert in me wonders how the painting of ones face differs with the absence of gravity. I assume it continues in the direction it is aimed until it hits something... but one can only guess what direction that may be with any "dribblers" that need to "shake" it out. It is liable to go everywhere... and I know I would not want to be there for that. And one hopes the equipment/instrument panels "have protection" against "spills."

        But, a warning for the women out there... In space no one can hear you scream...

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @07:41AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @07:41AM (#944908)

        "Artists," indeed. He doesn't just want a woman up there with him. He wants a Space Bukakke. And he wants to either keep the only video as the achievement of his lifelong dream, or sell the video to perverts worldwide to recoup his losses -- And recoup those losses he will.

        Hey my wife's on that list, have some respect.

    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:35AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:35AM (#944829)

      "woman"

  • (Score: 2) by jelizondo on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:40AM (10 children)

    by jelizondo (653) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:40AM (#944830) Journal

    I always wondered if someone has had sex in space, you know, in the name of Science.

    But for sure this guy is planning to do it: before, during and after.

    Lucky bastard.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:44AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:44AM (#944833)

      I always wondered if someone has had sex in space, you know, in the name of Science.

      incels in spaaaace! [youtube.com]

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Runaway1956 on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:49AM (6 children)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 18 2020, @01:49AM (#944836) Homepage Journal

      in the name of Science.

      A guy doesn't need a reason, just an opportunity. I guess the science bit would help to convince her, though.

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      • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Saturday January 18 2020, @02:05AM (4 children)

        by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday January 18 2020, @02:05AM (#944840) Journal

        Does having observers make it "science"?

        What if they film it?

        What if a scientist just watches the results, afterwards?

        Do the scientists have to keep their clothes on while watching? [wikipedia.org]

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        • (Score: 1) by Sally_G on Saturday January 18 2020, @04:37AM (3 children)

          by Sally_G (8170) on Saturday January 18 2020, @04:37AM (#944880)

          Porntube is science, of course. It's where incels learn what they are missing out on.

          • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Saturday January 18 2020, @05:11AM (2 children)

            by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday January 18 2020, @05:11AM (#944886) Journal

            Hey, it's where I go to find out what I'm missing out on.

            ..
            (But really, there are better sites!)

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            • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @07:56AM (1 child)

              by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @07:56AM (#944912)

              (But really, there are better sites!)

              [Citation needed]

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @09:53AM

                by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @09:53AM (#944935)

                (But really, there are better sites!)

                [Citation needed]

                https://motherless.com [motherless.com] [NSFW]

                And you're welcome.

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by stretch611 on Saturday January 18 2020, @04:41AM

        by stretch611 (6199) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 18 2020, @04:41AM (#944882)

        A guy doesn't need a reason, just an opportunity. I guess the science bit would help to convince her, though.

        I'm sure the word "billionaire" would do a lot more convincing than "science."

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @04:42AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @04:42AM (#944883)

      Only single sex couple or grooups have been that far ‘up’ to date. So it will still be a first for this guy.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @10:25AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @10:25AM (#944939)

      here you go https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3dky9w/sex-in-space [vice.com]
      mark lee and jan davis were married in secret several months before they flew together on the same mission on the Endeavor shuttle.

  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @05:22AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @05:22AM (#944887)

    TFS title shoud be: "SpaceX Moon Passenger Yusaku Maezawa Has 20,000 Applicants to be [LEA decoy posing as] Girlfriend He Takes on Journey"

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @06:51AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @06:51AM (#944896)

    Hmmm, I think I look good in drag.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @07:06AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18 2020, @07:06AM (#944899)

      Can't disagree. "Queer for space" is a thing, right? I doubt I'd look good in drag, but hey, I could try it.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by bradley13 on Saturday January 18 2020, @09:09AM

    by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 18 2020, @09:09AM (#944927) Homepage Journal

    By the time he has auditioned all 20,000 applicants, he will be dead. But what a way to go...

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  • (Score: 2) by jmichaelhudsondotnet on Saturday January 18 2020, @07:03PM (2 children)

    by jmichaelhudsondotnet (8122) on Saturday January 18 2020, @07:03PM (#945045) Journal

    I hate everything about this.

    One man who thinks he can buy love, 20k women willing to be bought for the chance to be rich the only way they have a chance to, one man with an interesting name whose public stature grant bad or obvious ideas an air of legitimacy...

    https://archive.is/ZinJT [archive.is] i am never going to stop talking about the way super-rich people steal from everybody as a means to get where they are
    https://archive.is/2MFbn [archive.is] i am going to keep giving erik brooks a hard time

    When everything has a price, nothing has value.

    That may be the actual goal.

    https://archive.is/TmRS6 [archive.is]

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday January 18 2020, @09:21PM

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday January 18 2020, @09:21PM (#945087) Journal

      Yusaku Maezawa, the first coomer in SPAAAAACE. If you want him to lose his wealth, allow him to make it trickle down.

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    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday January 21 2020, @03:51PM

      by Freeman (732) on Tuesday January 21 2020, @03:51PM (#946371) Journal

      Yeah, this kinda thing happens the world over. This one's just high profile, because of the Billion(s) he's worth and where he's going.

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