Once upon a time there was a boy from Monte Grande, province of Buenos Aires, who wanted to be an astronaut and he dreamed of traveling to the moon. Three decades later, that dream could come true.
Marco Soster, 34, these days he is living an adventure that he only imagined in his childhood dreams: he is one of the few shortlisted, from 500,000 participants from all over the world, to make a six-day crossing to our natural satellite in 2023, in the context of a trip planned by the billionaire businessman Elon Musk, owner of the successful company SpaceX.
“I am very excited to travel to the Moon. I always read the pages of NASA and everything that has to do with space. And following the news, I found out about this possibility. I signed up right away, without hesitation, “said Marco euphoric to Infobae, who discovered through social networks a global contest called dearMoon, organized by another tycoon, the Japanese Yusaku Maezawa, who hired SpaceX services in order to be part of the first tourist flight to the Moon aboard the rocket that Musk’s company is building and testing called Starship.
Maezawa He was born in Japan in 1975. At 45, today he is a “billionaire entrepreneur, art collector and social activist seeking world peace,” as he describes himself. Now, aspires to be the first space tourist to travel to the Moon. But since he doesn’t want to go alone, he came up with a brilliant idea: be accompanied on the historic first tourist flight to the Moon by 8 other crew members May they be an inspiration to everyone.
For it, He proposed to Musk to buy the rocket seats, valued at several million dollars, and to hold an international contest to find the lucky passengers. Elon Musk did not hesitate: not only accepted, but also enhanced Maezawa’s dream of promote the trip on your social networks.
“My mother tells me that since I was little I used to say that I wanted to be an astronaut ”, says Marco, who is a DJ and a nursing student at Maimonides University.. “I was always interested in everything related to scientific issues. My dad is a professor of Biology and my sister of Physics. This contest is a long road, with many interested parties. But I hope to reach the end and travel ”.
To be part of the Maezawa team, only one requirement was asked: be an artist. And Marco hit the key, since He has been a professional disc jockey for 15 years. In the contest slogan, which Maezawa announced via video, he said: “I started to think about each person who is doing something creative with their life, and I asked myself: aren’t they all artists? In that sense, I wanted my invitation to reach a wider community and thus offer more people from around the world the opportunity to join this journey. If you see yourself as an artist, then you are an artist ”.
“Applicants seeking to be a member of the dearMoon crew must demonstrate their potential for personal growth from this mission and ensure that their experience brings future value to the world, through social contributions that benefit humanity for generations to come. And applicants must be able to support other crew members who have the same potential and vision.
SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon Musk joined the enthusiasm of the innovative Japanese businessman and shared: “What is really significant about the dearMoon mission is that it will be the first private space trip to take humans beyond Earth’s orbit. I know Maezawa is also offering venues on the ship for artists and others to join in, as he wants this to be exciting and inspiring for everyone. “
Marco had until March 14 to sign up and then he was left under the selection process, what consists of 5 stages, They include interviews and medical exams as you go through them. According to the organizers, they are: Pre-registration (before March 14), Initial evaluation (before March 21), Assignment, Online interview, Final interview and medical examination (at the end of May 2021).
“From Argentina we signed up 4 people, but I have no contact with them ”, says Marco. It’s about the young people of San Juan Andres Jones, a specialist in audiovisual art who is dedicated to astrophotography, and Silvina Luna Manrique, a Tourism graduate who also completed the forms for the adventure. In addition, a native of Trenque Lauquen signed up.
“At the end of April, the candidates for the third stage will be announced. In this second, the organizers sent us a questionnaire by mail where we had to answer several personal questions, such as height, weight, languages I speak, if I reside in another country and several other things, “said Marco, who is excited to continue advancing among the candidates and reach the final at the end of July.
Besides wanting to travel through space, Marco has his feet firmly planted on the Earth. He studies nursing, plays music as a DJ, although, due to the pandemic, he had to put that occupation aside. He also works as an electrician and runs a gastronomy business in Esteban Echeverría.
The first civil mission to fly the Moon is scheduled to take place no earlier than 2023. Elon Musk’s SpaceX-developed Starship rocket to launch a week-long trip to the Moon, where it will orbit it and then return to Earth. And Marco is already excited to occupy one of the precious seats of the rocket and see his loved ones more than 300,000 kilometers away to complete his dream as a boy: become an astronaut.