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It will be the first private mission to go beyond Earth orbit and out to the moon.

And you can go, maybe.

Japanese billionaire Yusaka Maezawa is recruiting for an eight-person crew.

The fashion entrepreneur has paid for the trip on a rocket being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Maezawa originally said the crew would be composed of artists.

Now he's opened it up to all:

"I began to think that maybe every single person who is doing something creative could be called an artist. That was the conclusion that I came to. And that is why I wanted to reach out to a wider, more diverse audience, to give more people across the world the opportunity to join this journey. If you see yourself as an artist, then you're an artist."

The weeklong mission is set for 2023, and Maezawa says it's on schedule.

It will take the amateur astronauts on a trip around the moon.

Elon Musk says that will put the voyagers into the history books:

"We're going to go past the Moon, so it will actually end up being further... this mission we expect people will go further than any human has ever gone from planet Earth."

But it will not be without risk.

Two of Musk's Starship rockets have blown up in testing.

If that doesn't put you off, the deadline for the first-stage of selection is March 14.

Applicants will need to pass a medical and, eventually, an interview with Maezawa.

The billionaire says he isn't doing any training yet, but is watching his alcohol intake and thinking deeply about the mission.

Video Transcript

- It will be the first private mission to go beyond Earth orbit and out to the moon. And you can go, maybe. Japanese billionaire Yusaka Maezawa is recruiting for an eight-person crew. The fashion entrepreneur has paid for the trip on a rocket being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX. Maezawa originally said the crew would be composed of artists. Now he's opened it up to all.

[SPEAKING JAPANESE]

INTERPRETER: I began to think that maybe every single person who was doing something creative could be called an artist. That was the conclusion that I came to. And that's why I wanted to reach out to a wider, more diverse audience, to give more people across the world the opportunity to join this journey. If you see yourself as an artist, then you're an artist.

- The week-long mission is set for 2023, and Maezawa says it's on schedule. It will take the amateur astronauts on a trip around the moon. Elon Musk says that will put the voyagers into the history books.

ELON MUSK: This mission we expect people will go further than any human has ever gone from planet Earth.

- But it will not be without risk. Two of Musk's Starship rockets have blown up in testing. If that doesn't put you off, the deadline for the first stage of selection is March 14. Applicants will need to pass a medical and, eventually, an interview with Maezawa. The billionaire says he isn't doing any training yet, but is watching his alcohol intake and thinking deeply about the mission.