Ready for take off: Cork photographer snags dream ticket for trip to the moon

An Irish photographer has beaten more than a million competitors to secure a spot on the first civilian voyage to the moon.

hiannon Adam (37), who was born in Cork and now lives in London, is among eight artists and creatives selected for the trip by Japanese billionaire art collector Yusaku Maezawa.

Ms Adam described the voyage, which would see a civilian crew orbiting the moon for about seven days before returning to Earth, as “like an impossible dream come true”.

Crew members include Grammy-nominated music producer Steve Aoki, South Korean rapper TOP, Indian television actor Dev Joshi and US documentary filmmaker Brendan Hall.

Czech choreographer, artistic director and performer Yemi AD, photographer Karim Iliya and US content creator Tim Dodd have also booked their spots after passing selection processes, interviews and medical checks.

Mission chiefs said Ms Adam will be the first openly gay woman to fly into space.

The voyage, dubbed DearMoon, is slated to take place next year aboard Starship, a rocket being developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

It comes after Mr. Maezawa, who “wanted to give more and more diverse talents the opportunity to go to space,” posted a call for crew members on dearMoon’s website in March last year.

The invitation attracted more than a million applications from 249 countries and regions.

Ms. Adam said: “Every day I pinch myself. It seems like an impossible dream come true. My goal is to create work that does justice to this transformative experience.

“Of course in the middle of the pandemic we were all on house arrest which was incredibly frustrating for me as I felt like I had lost my purpose.

“But then, while idly scrolling Twitter, I came across dearMoon and it seemed like the most epic and life-changing adventure.

“When I found out I was selected, I cried, and I’m not usually a big crier.

“I think it was overwhelming and just seemed so impossible, and even then it didn’t seem real.

“I thought maybe I should have played the lottery more.”

The chance to be part of the crew came “in the middle of the pandemic and I was craving an adventure. It seemed like the perfect opportunity,” Ms. Adam said.

She added, “I spend much of my life working with many remote communities and it felt like a natural step to apply, go into space and explore the most remote community ever, which is us in space .”

Mr. Maezawa, also known as MZ, said: “I had intensive interviews with each candidate and asked them about their childhood, why they dream of going to space, what kind of challenges they would like to take on.

“These are all fantastic people.

“There is no set role for each of them, but I hope each one will recognize the responsibility that comes with leaving Earth and traveling to the moon and back in seven days.

“They will benefit greatly from this experience and I hope they will use it to contribute to the planet and humanity.”

Kaitlyn Farrington, who won the snowboard halfpipe gold medal for the USA at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, and Japanese dancer and choreographer Miyu are the backup crew.

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