Japanese billionaire shows off unusual space training where he spins on a chair

A Japanese businessman has shared footage of 'bizarre' training he is undergoing in preparation for a private flight to the International Space Station this week.

Yusaku Maezawa, who has paid millions of dollars to tag along with the Russian Soyuz spacecraft for an eleven-day trip to the ISS on Wednesday, posted videos and photos of some of the preparation he has been going through in the last six months.

Apparently Maezawa was made to sleep on a raised bed so that the blood would rush to his head.

He also had to play badminton every day, saying "For some reason we started playing badminton every day. It's fun so it's okay but my knees and hips are paying for it…"

However, the "hardest training" he had to do was sit in a spinning chair.

Maezawa wrote: "The spinning chair – almost feels like torture. Some cosmonauts say it's necessary, some say it's not. Either way, it's the hardest training ever done."

Some Twitter users joked that the spinning chair was just a prank being played on Maezawa by professional astronauts, but others said it is quite normal in Russia.

"Here in Russia we have to pass similar test (not the same) for obtaining medical permission to work on offshore rigs above the Arctic circle. I do it every year. Not too heavy," wrote one Twitter user.

The billionaire also shared footage of his zero-gravity training onboard a 'vomit comet' aeroplane, with Russian cosmonauts spinning him around like a propeller.

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Maezawa achieved Twitter fame some years ago by becoming the world's most-retweeted person. He had offered free cash to 1000 random people that retweeted and followed him.

He will also be the first civilian to do a flyby of the moon in 2023, when he will take six to eight ordinary people with him on the 'dearMoon' mission. More than one million people applied to join the flight, which will be on the SpaceX Starship.

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