Moon Trips: Ex-Nasa Team Sells $1.5bn Tickets
Former Nasa executives are launching a private firm to send people to the Moon - if they can afford the astronomical price.
For $1.5bn (£933m), the Golden Spike Company is offering trips for two people, either to individuals or to countries, for research or national prestige.
The goal is for the first of up to 20 launches to take off before 2020.
Nasa's last trip to the Moon was 40 years ago, and in the decades since the US won the so-called "space race" with the former Soviet Union there has been little official interest in going back there.
President Barack Obama cancelled Nasa's planned return to the Moon, saying, in effect, that America had been there, done that.
But Golden Spike has talked to other countries that have shown interest in the destination, said the company's president and former Nasa associate administrator Alan Stern.
He said he imagines countries like South Africa, South Korea and Japan as his clients.
"It's not about being first. It's about joining the club," he said.
He added: "We're kind of cleaning up what Nasa did in the 1960s. We're going to make a commodity of it in the 2020s."
The company will buy existing rockets and capsules and develop new space suits and a lunar lander, he said.
Dozens of private space companies have started up in recent years.
Many hope to follow the success of Space X, which is operating under a contract with Nasa to ferry cargo to the International Space Station.
Golden Spike is made up of space veterans and its chairman is Apollo-era flight director Gerry Griffin, who once headed up the Johnson Space Centre.
Advisers include space shuttle veterans, Hollywood directors, former Republican presidential primary contender Newt Gingrich, former UN ambassador Bill Richardson and engineer-author Homer Hickam.
what do you think?
Who made the moon?
The moon and earth have identical composition. Which may suggest earth had an impact. There's so many theories, who knows eh?
Sorry for all the replies. I'm not a lunar/tic :)
And why doesn't the little bug.ger spin?
Blimey! I'm not a scientist lol. That saying "dark side of the moon " could be a clue :)
Sounds cheaper than a rail ticket from the south coast to fort william
If you can afford it? First passenger? George Osborne? One way of course! :)
If they find Klingon women there I'll start saving for my ticket - hottest females in the universe!
In the words of dumb and dumber.....I'LL Take it.
If you can afford it...First passenger? Can we send George Osbourne? One way of course :)
I just want to know who made it..
do they offer monthly instalments ? if so sign me up.
What a boring holiday.
May be a good thing spend the money on moon trips instead of wars.
Great! A tour around area 51 and starring in my own fake moon landing movie! I'll buy my kids a ticket . . . (well let's face it conspiracy theories will start as soon as they announce the ticket holders)
Is it impossible to travel to the Moon, because of the Van Allen Radiation Belt. This is why NASA launched two Radiation Belt Storm Probes into Earth's orbit to start a two-year mission to study the two giant donuts of plasma trapped in radiation surrounding the planet. When the moon landing was supposed to have happened, they did it with little more technology than a modern washing machine uses today.
Did it have a 15 min wash cycle ?
Bet the door didnt leak ?.
Mc donalds and starbucks first so there is somewhere to go to.
Wallace and Grommet did it for a lot less but there was only cheese and an old gas cooker there !
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I was gonna have a one of these myself until my benefits were cut
They will only give you a one way ticket now !.