Yusaku Maezawa, a space enthusiast who made his wealth in online fashion, and his production assistant, Yozo Hirano, will spend 12 days aboard the orbital station.
The three astronauts lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a two-day trip to the International Space Station and will join three more astronauts who have been there since September.
Two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from Kazakhstan for a five-month mission to the International Space Station.
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