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Japanese millionaire arrives at ISS in Russian capsule – 12/09/2021 at 9:30 am

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Mesawa pays homage before boarding a Russian rocket (POOL / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV) on December 8, 2021 at the Pykonor Cosmotrome in Kazakhstan to stay at the International Space Station.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Mesawa pays homage before boarding a Russian rocket (POOL / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV) on December 8, 2021 at the Pykonor Cosmotrome in Kazakhstan to stay at the International Space Station.

A Japanese millionaire arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday after traveling with a Russian capsule, signaling his return to Moscow for orbit after the protests.

The sector, which has lost ground to private US companies, including Elon Muskin’s SpaceX, is enjoying renewed interest and creating a potential financial collapse.

Bizarre Japanese billionaire Yusaku Mesawa, 46, an online fashion heavyweight, and his assistant Yoso Hirano and astronaut Alexander Misorgine were spotted on board the ISS at 4:11 pm GMT, according to pictures aired by the Russians. Space Agency (Roscosmos).

Six hours after their Soyuz capsule took off from the Russian Pygmy Cosmotrome in Kazakhstan, GMT stopped at the orbital station at 1:40 p.m.

In the morning, the millionaire, his assistant and astronaut left their hotel in Pykonoru, and before the flight everyone laughed at the sound of the Soviet song traditionally played to all the astronauts. The song – Astronauts Nostalgia for Their Home – was sung somewhat in Japanese.

“Dreams come true,” Mr. Masawa tweeted Wednesday morning.

As the rocket took off from Pyongyang, the gray sky was illuminated by orange flames, and a crowd of millionaire relatives from Japan applauded frantically.

Mr. Rio Okubo, 46, who is in charge of Masawa’s space program, said: “It was very moving and I almost cried.

Two astronauts staying at the orbital station Mr. Documented on YouTube with Hirano and his boss.

The Soyuz MS-20 rocket carrying Japanese billionaire Yusaku Masawa will launch from the Pygmy Cosmotrome in Kazakhstan on December 8, 2021 (AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV)

The Soyuz MS-20 rocket carrying Japanese billionaire Yusaku Masawa will launch from the Pygmy Cosmotrome in Kazakhstan on December 8, 2021 (AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV)

The millionaire set himself 100 tasks to accomplish in space.

Astronaut Alexandre Mizorgine plans to hold a “friendly” weightless badminton tournament with his teammates.

For weeks before and after, he and his assistant trained several generations of astronauts in Star City, near Moscow, in the 1960s.

– “Fight” –

In 1990, while a journalist was staying at the Soviet Mir station, a Japanese tourist went into space.

The highly lucrative private aerospace industry is currently booming with the recent entry into the race of American billionaires Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin) and British Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic). .

Dmitry Rokosin, President of the Russian Space Agency, stands in front of the rocket that launches Japanese billionaire Yusaku Mesawa on December 8, 2021 on the Pygmy Cosmotrome in Kazakhstan (POOL / SHAMIL ZHUMATOV)

Dmitry Rokosin, President of the Russian Space Agency, stands in front of the rocket that launches Japanese billionaire Yusaku Mesawa on December 8, 2021 on the Pygmy Cosmotrome in Kazakhstan (POOL / SHAMIL ZHUMATOV)

In September, SpaceX conducted a three-day orbit flight with all the amateur crew and plans to take several tourists around the moon in 2023, which he is financing.

Wednesday marks the return of the plane to the Roscosmos arena after a decade-long hiatus as Russia’s aerospace industry has been plagued by corruption and technical and financial problems.

By 2020, by launching SpaceX rockets and capsules, the country would have lost its monopoly on drones to the ISS and the millions of euros paid by NASA and other space agencies for every seat on the Soyuz spacecraft.

“We are not going to leave this important place (orbital tourism) to the Americans. We are ready to fight,” Roscomos director Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday.

The work of the two Japanese tourists is organized by Roscosmos and its US partner Space Adventures. Between 2001 and 2009, the two groups sent eight wealthy entrepreneurs into space.

Tom Shelley, head of Space Adventures in Pyongyang, told AFP shortly after departure, “It’s a great pleasure to share this great adventure (…)”.

In a sign of the rediscovered ambitions of the Russian space industry, Roscosmos sent a director and actress to ISS in October to shoot the first film in orbit history, ahead of Hollywood star Tom Cruise’s competing plans.

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