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Japanese space tourist says he would love longer flight

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Over a billion people haven't even taken neither domestic flights nor International flights and these guys arrogant atitude, let's not talk about the space flight for good.

I'd rather row the boat and enjoy the fishing.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

“we should take better care of Earth.” Don't state the obvious, and exactly how much carbon emissions for your little escapade? What kind of scientific research was done to contribute to "taking better care of Earth" while you were there?

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Thank you Maezawa-san!

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

I think space tourism is dumb and doesn’t contribute anything to science. But it’s his money and he can waste it however he likes.

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I think space tourism is dumb and doesn’t contribute anything to science.

Should it? It's "tourism" after all. Do you know of any tourism that does contribute to science?

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

This attention-seeker is milking this for as much as he can

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Thank you Maezawa-san!

for what !?

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I'd rather row the boat and enjoy the fishing.

That's pretty much all you can do if you don't have that kind of money. Just don't complain about how other people spend their dough.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Huge amount of pollution for a huge amount of ego.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

he would love to stay a week more.

Should’ve just left him there.

Let him stay as long as he likes.

win-win for everyone

7 ( +8 / -1 )

These super rich elitists think about flying in space meanwhile 99% of the world population is struggling with restrictions due to the pandemic.

What a wonderful world.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Did he quarantine upon his return to earth???

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Living on earth, not able to think about the care of the earth - But after return from space, he realized - “we should take better care of Earth.”.... I think this kind of idea he realized after spinning a lot in the air. :)

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That's pretty much all you can do if you don't have that kind of money. Just don't complain about how other people spend their dough.

Well, when normal people spend their dough on whatever touristy things they can afford the international media doesn't generally write fawning articles about them and plaster the internet and TV with pictures of their smug faces and give the world lengthy reports on their smug, self satisfied comments.

Personally I don't really give a crap about what toys rich people are buying to amuse themselves, but this in-your-face coverage of them doing that in an apparent effort to force everyone to care about it is really irritating.

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@tooheysnewT

For igniting the love of space exploration for mankind.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

For igniting the love of space exploration for mankind.

If anything he is doing the opposite.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon? Yeah, they were pushing the boundary for all of us. NASA's James Webb telescope searching the farthest reaches of space looking for the origins of our universe? Yeah, they are pushing the boundary for all of us. That's inspiring.

Some rich guy using his wealth to take a joy ride on a rocket, the only boundary of knowledge being explored being how public funded resources like the ISS can be turned over to serving for the personal amusement of the billionaire class?

Hell no. That does not inspire an interest in space exploration, it just reminds us of how our society is so broken here on Earth that its worst elements are now spreading to space.

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so much hate here.i know it was russian rocket...

did you vere heard abt Ezop from old Greece?he wrote story abt envy fox.could not catch grape becuas eit was hanging high, but said its sour anyway...this antirussian hate is exactly same thing here.

well done Maezawa kun well done.udachi molodec.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Space tourist? Sure. Put him in permanent orbit.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

As more people do this, the price comes down. More infrastructure is built to service the demand. Economies of scale. Competition. Maezawa is helping to bring down the price for everyone. This is how it works. Air travel was similar in its adoption and popularization.

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@eastman

i don’t think there is any ill will towards Russia here.

@iron lad

this persistent publicity seeker took this space trip for no other reason than his own ego & personal glory

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Money Talks!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Yes, it is his money and he can do whatever he wants with it. I imagine if we were in his shoes, a lot of us would (do whatever we want with that kind of money).

But it's just sad state of affairs of the world when people are losing their jobs and livelihoods, people are dying of COVID-19 and other diseases, people are losing their homes, yet people like him who do have the influence, power and money to make solid and concrete contributions spend it on joyrides like this that get publicized to people who have so much less.

No, I don't think he's wrong for wanting to go to space and using his money to do so but there's this immense tone deafness that ironically reverberates so strongly in his statement, "we should take better care of Earth," it's mind boggling.

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@hazycake

He does his part. It's always easy just to judge, though.

Japanese fashion tycoon makes huge 2 bil. yen 'hometown tax' donation to east Japan city

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191226/p2a/00m/0na/019000c

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@Alex

Thanks for that. I didn’t realize that. I hope he keeps up with it.

I rushed my judgement on him.

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Is his money and he can do whatever he please with them. Too many hypocrites here that will potbelly do the same if they have his money.

And btw, those modern rackets are using H2 for fuel, so the only pollution they make is some steamed H2O....

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