In May 2021, the Roscosmos corporation announcedwhich will send people on space tourism in December. It really happened - together with Space Adventures, it delivered two Japanese tourists to the ISS in the person of billionaire Yusaku Maedzawa and his operator Yozo Hirano. They were escorted by Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, who spent 334 days at the station during his career and went into outer space four times. The guests of the ISS are expected to stay there for 12 days and then return to Earth. The tourists arrived far from empty-handed - in addition to several kilograms of payload, the Japanese businessman took with him a parcel from the Uber Eats meal delivery service. Now it can be called the first food courier in history to deliver a package into space.
Roscosmos sent tourists into space
Details of Yusaku Maezawa's flight to the ISStold Travel + Leisure. The flight on the Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft took place last Saturday, December 11, but interesting details about it became known recently.
Food delivery to space
Apparently, Uber Eats is ready for anythingto pay attention to her services. It is not known how, but she persuaded one of the richest people in Japan to put on the uniform of a food delivery man and deliver ready-made food to a distance of about 400 kilometers - directly to the space station. At the same time, Yusaka Maezawa even expressed gratitude to the company:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to organize the first food delivery into space, - announced the billionaire after arriving at the station.
The package with the delivered products containsJapanese miso soup, chicken, bamboo shoots, braised pork and beef. Apparently, ISS Commander Anton Shkaplerov was pleased with the delivery. In turn, the head of Uber Eats, Dara Khosrowshahi, reinterpreted the legendary words of Neil Armstrong about the first steps of a man to the moon:
This is a small transmission for Yusaku Maezawa, butgiant delivery for Uber Eats. We are in seventh heaven with happiness because we helped carry out the first successful delivery into space. Our goal is to help people go anywhere and get anything, which is why we are proud to have helped astronauts on the ISS.
At the same time, the entrepreneur noted that the delivery took 8 hours, while it usually takes about 30 minutes.
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What is a tourist doing in space?
Yusaku Maezawa is one of the few people whoat the moment he allowed himself a flight into space. He is ranked 14th in the ranking of the richest people in Japan, so such flights are clearly affordable for him. He did not name the exact cost of the flight, but in an interview with the Associated Press shared that the flight will cost him approximately $ 80 million. It is possible that Uber Eats paid him part of the flight, but this is just an assumption - there is no exact data.
According to Roscosmos, Yusaku Maedzawa hasa list of 100 tasks that he wants to complete during his 12-day space journey. The list is not publicly available, but one of the most unusual items on it is the game of badminton. Together with the billionaire, cameraman Yozo Hirano arrived at the station, who will film him. Most likely, the video will be available on the Japanese businessman's YouTube channel. At the moment, the ISS crew consists of 10 people and they all communicate in English.
Arrival of Yusaku Maezawa to the ISS
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Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa can be called one of thethe most active space tourists. In 2023, he plans to go on a space flight around the moon. Eight artists, whose names are kept secret, will travel with him. Together with the Japanese businessman, the girl he wanted to find in the "Full Moon Lovers" show was to fly. However, after some time, he canceled this competition. But the flight will still take place, and on the SpaceX spacecraft. You can read more about this mission here.