SpaceX Moon Passenger Launches from the ISS: Watch Live

Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire entrepreneur, will soon achieve his ambition of going to space. This week’s Soyuz MS-20 mission will see the mega-rich founder of clothing line Zozo and his production assistant go to the International Space Station.

We’ll give you all the information you need to stay informed right here. Maesawa’s space ambitions have been extensively chronicled in recent years, with the plan to be the first paying customer to journey around the moon aboard SpaceX’s Starship. That mission, dubbed “dear moon,” will blast off in 2023 and carry up to eight artists “farther than any other human has gone before” when it travels around the moon.

Maezawa will launch into orbit aboard Russia’s workhorse rocket, the Soyuz 2.1a, inside a Soyuz capsule before he attempts to walk on Mars.

On Dec. 7, at 11:38 p.m. PT, the MS-20 is set to blast off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (2:38 a.m. ET, Dec. 8). You may watch the launch on NASA TV live or after it has occurred by clicking.

In a few days, he’ll be launching into space for his second time. Maezawa will be flying with Yozo Hirano, his production assistant, documenting the operation for his YouTube channel. The Soyuz MS-10 space station is expected to launch aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 19, according to Roscosmos.

The astronauts will travel to space via an ISS resupply ship and return home in a Soyuz capsule after 12 days aloft. Maezawa added: “I’m looking forward to finding out what ‘life in space is like.” Maezawa made this statement in May when he first announced his plans for a museum and space shuttle.

Charles Simonyi, a Microsoft software engineer, and Taiki Maeda of the Japanese space agency JAXA paid for the trip as part of Space Adventures’ one-way commercial space flights.

The firm has carried out eight trips with seven passengers to orbit, with Charles Simonyi taking two of them in 2007 and 2009.

A Russian film crew duo is also heading to space for a live broadcasting mission in 2021, according to Tass. In October, the Soyuz launched a Russian film crew duo who stayed on the station for 12 days to shoot a movie currently titled “The Challenge.” Tom Cruise is tentatively scheduled to fly into space for his own production, with NASA and SpaceX joining forces to make Mr. Mission Impossible an astronaut.