Japanese billionaire reaches ISS

NHK -- Dec 09
Japanese billionaire Maezawa Yusaku has arrived at the International Space Station. The 46-year-old fashion entrepreneur and his assistant are the first Japanese private citizens to visit the Earth-orbiting station.

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying the pair lifted off from a cosmodrome in Kazakhstan shortly after noon on Wednesday. After a 6-hour journey, the spacecraft successfully docked at the ISS.

During his 12-day stay, Maezawa is planning to conduct and live-stream experiments proposed by the public.

This has been a boom year for space tourism. So far, private citizens have outnumbered astronauts 22 to 19.

実業家の前澤友作さんらを乗せて打ち上げられた宇宙船が8日午後、ISS(国際宇宙ステーション)に無事ドッキングしました。 - ANNnewsCH