Back from the ISS, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa advises elites to go to space

Back from a twelve-day stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS) , the billionaire Japanese Yusaku Maezawa this Wednesday encouraged the world elites to also indulge in weightless tourism.

“J ‘I would like as many people as possible and as many powerful and influential people as possible to come to Space , ”Yusaku Maezawa said during a press conference at the cosmonaut preparation center near Moscow. “They will see the Earth differently and treat it differently,” he added, according to comments in Japanese translated into Russian.

the financial windfall of space tourism

Alongside his assistant Yozo Hirano, Yusaku Maezawa, who made his fortune in online fashion, thus spent in December days in the ISS , where he told on video his life in space for his million subscribers on YouTube.

Accompanied by cosmonaut Alexandre Missourkine, the two Japanese returned to Earth on Monday aboard a Soyuz capsule from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, which seeks to take advantage of the financial windfall of space tourism, in full revival.

A trip around the Moon in 46?

The rich Japanese of 46 estimated that the “ideal length” of a tourist stay in the ISS would rather be twenty days, in order to have time to better adapt to life in zero gravity. Yusaku Maezawa also reaffirmed his next dream on Wednesday: to take a trip around the Moon in 2023, with eight other people aboard a SpaceX group.

The very lucrative private space flight sector is currently boosted by the entry into the race of the companies of American billionaires Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Jeff Bezos ( Blue Origin), as well as that of the British Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic).