Billionaire Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa’s trip to space is garnering a lot of attention. The man reached the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday for a 12-day trip, during which time he will complete 100 tasks in space, including playing a game of badminton. The man who founded Japan’s largest online shopping mall in 1998 also helped Uber Eats to create a record of becoming the first food delivery platform to send its food to space. Uber Eats did the unthinkable- they successfully delivered food from Earth to space, bringing a hearty meal to the astronauts on board at the Internation Space Station.
The delivery of ready-to-eat canned Japanese dishes took 8 hours and 34 minutes and a distance of no less than 248 miles from Earth. According to PR News Wire, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, “One small handoff for Yusaku Maezawa, one giant delivery for Uber Eats! We’re over the moon to have helped make our first successful delivery to space. Our goal is to help people go anywhere and get anything, so we’re proud to serve the astronauts at the International Space Station. Yusaku Maezawa gets a thumbs up on this delivery, even though it took a bit longer than the usual 30 minutes to arrive.”
Maezawa also expressed his gratitude for this rare opportunity, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to handle Uber Eats’ first food delivery to space. Uber Eats’ initiative and sense of adventure are inspiring. I will never stop challenging myself, and I hope that everyone continues to do the same. Let’s make the world a better place!” Wondering what the astronauts savored in the company of billionaire Yusaku Maezawa? Their order included mackerel simmered in miso, chicken and bamboo shoots, braised pork, and a Japanese beef bowl. Uber Eats tweeted this milestone, “We’re out of this world, literally. Bringing new meaning to go anywhere, get anything. Congrats to @yousuckMZ #DeliveredtoSpace #UberEats.”
[Via: Travel + Leisure]