A WOMAN poised for a galactic trip to the moon aboard Elon Musk’s space rocket says she’s not afraid at all — but only fears one thing.
Rhiannon Adam beat millions of applications to become one of only eight creators from around the world selected for the historic mission.
The Irish photographer will join DJ megastar Steve Aoki and South Korean rapper TOP on the SpaceX shuttle when it is launched into orbit next year.
The 37-year-old, who lives in London, told The Sun Online: “I’m not scared at all. Fear never really crossed my mind.
“But then again, everything is very nice as I sit here in Hackney, if you asked me that, when the rocket was about to take off and everything was shaking?
“Maybe I have something else to say.”
The DearMoon Project – the first-ever civilian mission to the moon – was launched in 2018 by billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.
The $1.7 billion Japanese fashion executive asked creatives to apply and handpicked the crew to accompany him on a six-day tour.
The 47-year-old had 25,000 applications from women to be his girlfriend for the trip.
While in orbit, the creatives will get to work on their own projects, and Rhiannon is hoping Steve Aoki will throw in some intergalactic DJ sets.
The photographer plans to experiment with her cameras in space and use different methods.
“I can’t imagine we’re going to be sitting there watching Netflix or playing board games, but who knows,” she said.
Rhiannon admits keeping the mission – which still has no start date – under wraps has been a major challenge.
The creative, who grew up in rural Ireland, explained: “When my family and friends got over my not pulling their legs off, they were surprisingly unimpressed.
“My mom was very excited and asked if I could sneak them into my bag.”
And while she’s not worried about the explosion, there’s one thing Rhiannon is a little worried about.
“I’ll miss going to the bathroom too,” revealed the rookie astronaut.
Astronauts empty themselves in space into a suction tube that is pressed tightly against their skin to prevent leakage.
“It’s pretty grim,” she joked.
“If you’ve ever seen anything space-related, it’s about siphoning – so I’ll leave it to you.”
She’ll also miss her regular cups, which involves turning on the kettle every ten minutes.
One or two pilots pilot the shuttle called Starship (not yet certified for flight) and take the crew to the dark side of the moon.
Pink Floyd’s seminal album of the same name would be appropriate in space, Rhiannon chimed, as would Elton John’s Rocketman.
She’s even had her friends begging her to make a Spotify playlist for her, but she’s vowed to listen to childhood favorite Nanci Griffith and soothing podcasts.
But she turned down The Sun Online’s request to make a TikTok video while flying through space at 16,000 mph.
Maezawa – aka MZ – revealed the crew of eight in a statement on Friday.
They are: Rhiannon Adam, Steve Aoki, TOP, Brendan Hall, Tim Dodd, Karim Iliya who is British, Yemi AD and Dev Joshi.
Two backup members, dancer Miyu and snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington, will fill in in case of cancellations.
Rhiannon concluded, “I’m still in the fascination of analyzing ‘why me’? I have no idea what it was that got me there.
“I should have played the lottery more because the chances of getting that were so slim I’m like, wow, maybe that was my only luck in life and I’m going to be horribly unlucky forever.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9878397/dearmoon-rocket-rhiannon-adam-space-x-elon-musk/ I’m flying to the moon in Elon Musk’s rocket – but there’s something extremely uncomfortable that I’m afraid of