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American DJ Steve Aoki is among 1 million people to have requested a place in the "DearMoon" project, headed by Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa, who is looking for eight companions with an artistic vocation for his scheduled 2023 Moon trip.

"We have received requests from 1 million people from 249 countries and territories, that is, basically from all over the world," Maezawa said Friday in a video posted on YouTube, in which he added that the selection is in the "final review process" of applications and submitted to some of the candidates.

Aside from Aoki, other artists include Panama’s Essdras M. Suarez, twice Pulitzer Prize winner for photography; American Olympic snowboard medalist Kaitlyn Farrington and ballerina and quantum physicist Merritt Moore.

Maezawa, founder and CEO of Japan's largest online fashion retail business, Zozo (ZozoTown), announced his journey in 2018 with Elon Musk's US company SpaceX, and launched a campaign in March to recruit the crew, whose only requirement is that they carry out an artistic or creative activity.