"The closer it is, the more excited and happy I feel." I don't feel worried or afraid.
Yusaku Maezawa is the 30th richest Japanese man and will be able to fulfill his dream of going to space in December.
Hell boards a Soyuz spacecraft and takes off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. He is accompanied by Alexander Misurkin, a cosmonaut who has been to space twice.
Maezawas plans to make the most of his time.
According to Agence France Presse, I have a list of 100 things I want to do on station, including playing badminton. This is a fun diversion to the strict schedules that astronauts must follow on board the ISS.
It gets closer, the more I am excited. He said that he isn't worried or afraid.
He would not be the only one to enjoy a racket-based game of tennis aboard the orbital outpost. Crew members of NASA Expedition 56 had a round at tennis in 2018, which was a slow and awkward affair.
Maezawa's next trip to space will be his first. Maezawa plans to ride SpaceX's Starship spacecraft around the Moon in 2023 as part of a mission called dearMoon.
This makes Musk's decision to fly a Russian-built Soyuz rocket instead of SpaceXs tried and tested Crew Dragon spacecraft more remarkable. Last month, Elon Musk's company launched the first all-tourist flight to orbit.
Space billionaires are busy at the moment. Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic CEO, and Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin cofounder, recently traveled into space.
Maezawa will be able to see the real thing, as she will spend 12 days aboard the ISS. Branson and Bezos spent only a few seconds in the Earth's upper atmosphere.
READ MORE: Japanese billionaire Maezawa is not afraid of ISS launch [Agence France-Presse]
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