Japanese billionaire Maezawa trains in Russia forward of area journey

Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and area flight contributors Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano attend a information convention forward of the expedition to the Worldwide Area Station, in Star Metropolis, Russia October 14, 2021. Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Ma

MOSCOW – For Japanese vogue magnate Yusaku Maezawa, coaching in zero gravity forward of his deliberate journey to area later this yr was not at all times simple.

“I have been alive for 45 years and haven’t skilled something like that. I felt awkward at first,” he stated by way of a translator at a information convention, the place he appeared alongside his assistant and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin.

“I could not management the motion of my legs and arms. However after I acquired used to it a little bit bit, it was very nice,” he added on the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Coaching Heart outdoors Moscow.

Misurkin will accompany the area vacationer throughout a 12-day-long journey on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which is predicted to start out on Dec. 8.

Maezawa plans to turn into the primary Japanese area vacationer to go to the Worldwide Area Station.

He stated he was having to coach for months earlier than the flight, and that he didn’t really feel concern or anxiousness up to now.

“Our inspiration is rising,” he stated. 

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