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Billionaire Picks K-Pop Star, YouTuber for First SpaceX Moon Trip

  • SpaceX flight to the moon could be as soon as next year
  • Maezawa took applications online, seeking a diverse group
DJ Steve Aoki 

DJ Steve Aoki 

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A group of artists, athletes and entertainers, including DJ Steve Aoki and South Korean rapper T.O.P, are slated to join Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on the first private SpaceX flight around the moon as soon as next year.

The unorthodox crew was announced in a video posted online early Friday by Maezawa, 47, who said last year that he wanted to include “people from all kinds of backgrounds.” T.O.P, also known as Choi Seung-hyun, will be joined by a group including space YouTuber Tim Dodd, actor Dev Joshi and photographer Karim Iliya. American snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington and Japanese dancer Miyu will act as backups.