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Yusaku Maezawa unveils Starship dearMoon mission crew, Tim Dodd aka Everyday Astronaut makes it to the list

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has finally announced the names of artists joining him on SpaceX’s first mission to the Moon. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Maezawa announced the dearMoon mission after the Japanese entrepreneur visited the SpaceX HQ in September 2018.

Japanese billionaire entrepreneur and dearMoon crew leader Yusaku Maezawa sitting on the shoulders of Elon Musk at the SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, California. Credit: Elon Musk via Twitter.

Yusaku has selected 10 artists from around the world who had applied for the opportunity to be part of the first civilian lunar orbital mission. Of these 10 crew members, 2 positions are for the backup crew, just in case.

It took a year and a half for Maezawa and his team to make these selections. “I also had deep conversations with each candidate, asking them about their childhood, why they are dreaming about going to space, what kind of challenges they would like to undertake,” Yusaku Maezawa said in a video statement yesterday (auto-translated from Japanese).

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Here’s the full list of dearMoon 1st civilian lunar orbital mission crew members:

Crew NameOccupation / Art FormCountry
Yusaku MaezawaEntrepreneur, Art Collector, BusinessmanJapan
Steve AokiDJ/ProducerUSA
TOP (Choi Seung Hyun) MusicianSouth Korea
Yemi A.D.Multi-disciplinary creative / ChoreographerCzech Republic
Rhiannon AdamPhotographic ArtistIreland
Tim DoddYouTuberUSA
Karim IliyaPhotographerUnited Kingdom
Brendan HallFilmmakerUSA
Dev D. JoshiActorIndia
Kaitlyn Farrington
(backup crew)
SnowboarderUSA
Miyu
(backup crew)
DancerJapan
List of crew members of the SpaceX dearMoon lunar orbital mission.
Names and pictures of the entire dearMoon crew members aiming for a 2023 lunar orbital flight aboard a SpaceX Starship spacecraft. Credit: #dearMoon / Yusaku Maezawa.
Video: Yusaku Maezawa announces the names of dearMoon crew members (9th December 2022).

Tim Dodd better known as Everyday Astronaut is the only YouTuber who made it to this coveted list of dearMoon crew members. According to Maezawa, 1 million applications were received from around the world to join this mission.

Tim Dodd has been making space-related YouTube videos for about 6 years now. Tim started his YouTube channel wearing an astronaut suit as a joke but with time and effort, he has amassed a 1.35 million subscriber base. He covers SpaceX and NASA rocket launches and provides live-streaming and commentary of these events through his YouTube channel.

“I am literally going to fly around the Moon, and genuinely, I still can’t believe it,” Tim said in a video he released on his channel announcing his dearMoon crew selection (watch below).

dearMoon is not a Moon landing mission but rather a lunar orbital flight. The crew members will experience a roundtrip around the Moon’s orbit on a specially-designed SpaceX Starship spacecraft.

Last year, SpaceX released a concept render of a Crew Dragon spaceship that showed a glass dome observatory. SpaceX might apply this concept to the Starship dearMoon mission to allow the photographers and filmmakers to fully utilize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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Infographic detailing the flight plan of the dearMoon mission on a Starship spaceship. Credit: #dearMoon / Yusaku Maezawa.
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Video: dearMoon crew member Tim Dodd aka Everyday Astronaut shares his excitement of literally going to the Moon riding a Starship spacecraft.
Video: Tim Dodd comments on his dearMoon crew selection.
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By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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