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Japanese tycoon heads to cosmodrome ahead of trip to ISS

AFP, 08 Dec 2021
Japanese fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa and his production assistant Yozo Hirano bid farewell before heading to Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, from which a rocket is expected to blast off on Wednesday at 0738 GMT. Their journey towards the International Space Station aboard the three-person Soyuz spacecraft piloted by Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin will take just over six hours. Maezawa, a space enthusiast who made his wealth in online fashion, and his assistant will spend 12 days aboard the orbital station.

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