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Billionaire who booked a SpaceX flight around the Moon cancels after delays

Yusaku Maezawa
Maezawa in 2022. | Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had once planned to take eight artists on a flight around the Moon aboard SpaceX’s Starship. But now, with Starship still in development the flight already indefinitely delayed, Maezawa says he has canceled the trip.

The X account for the flight, called dearMoon, announced the news on Friday, followed by posts from the billionaire himself. In those, he said he had signed on in 2018 expecting to fly in 2023, but that it’s “still uncertain when Starship can launch.”

“I can’t plan my future in this situation,” Maezawa added.

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