If you've got a lust for space travel, a desire to go where only a couple of dozen people have gone before, and $150 million to spare, Space Adventures needs you. The space tourism company--it's the one that organizes the ISS trips via the Russian Soyuz--has mapped a potential tour around the moon that could lift off within five years. But until it sells the second seat, the mission will remain grounded.
That's right, the second seat. The company has already secured a nine-digit commitment from one customer for a potential lunar sightseeing tour. And the logistics are already in place as well: aboard a three-seat Russian Soyuz spacecraft (the third seat is for a Russian mission commander), the tourists would launch into orbit where they would rendezvous with a separately-launched unmanned rocket, which would jet them the rest of the way to the moon.
Alternatively, the Soyuz might stop at the ISS before making its rocket rendezvous, depending on a variety of factors (like how much money you're willing to shell out, for one). Round trip: eight or nine days.
The Soyuz wouldn't land tourists on the moon obviously, but it would circle it at an altitude of just 62 miles at minimum, providing that up-close view of the cratered lunar surface and that storied Earthrise that thus far has only been witnessed by 24 people.
Of course, first you have to get the money together. Space tourists to the ISS have paid between $20 million and $35 million for the privilege. That $150 million price tag mentioned above isn't absolutely fixed, but even as a ballpark figure it dwarfs the already astronomically high price of previous space tourism. But if you're the kind of person that can reasonably drop $150 million on vacation, you're probably not going to quibble over a few million more.
Oh boy, here come the comments that have to do with the fake moon landings again. I don't want it to happen, but almost anything that has to do with the moon makes people say "They faked it!"
Why would I pay $150m just for a moon fly-by, how useless is that? For that much I want a one week vacation on a lunar base, do a little traveling on the moon and a few days stay at a space hotel orbiting earth like the one in the movie 2001.
But frankly that's still retardedly expensive-even $10 million is a lot, but more reasonable. I believe with today's technology we can get to space for a lot less.
If I ever make enough money I'd work on building maglev space launchers. 95% of the mass of a rocket is fuel/ship and only 5% for payload. Now with maglev launchers, you could do away with the need for carrying so much propellant, it'll get you up to mach 5 (or 10), then use scramjets while you're in the atmosphere and finally rockets.
Seriously it'd be far cheaper to do it this way and then going to the moon might cost less than a million per person. This is a case of ambition getting ahead of technology-we have the means to pull it off-it'll require billions of dollars investment but in the end it will be worth it and will be commercially successful.
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But it only has three seats, and someone else already signed up! Hmmmm... Flip a coin to see who gets the duct tape seat.
thats just way to much. if we were all millionaires then i would understand but come on man!
we did go to the moon but aliens told us to never go back.
@JediMindset Indeed. Armstrong revealed the fact. But oddly no one seems to place emphasis on it. As if he were joking.
People don't want to be alarmed by the truth. It is an acquired taste after all.
yeah and many other ex astronauts have come forward recently. i guess since all are old they have no fear of death. im sure they would have spoke sooner but they were scared for their lives. Armstrong, Aldron, Mitchell, Cooper among others have no need to lie. i believe them. most of america thinks their nuts though.
@jedimindset I think you meant Aldrin.
Can you provide a link showing the astronauts speaking on the subject of E.B.E's on the moon?
yeah lol thats what i meant. yeah there some videos on youtube of the ex astronuats discussing aliens on other planets and even the moon. but i think Armstrong and Aldrin are the only ones to talk about the moon and aliens.
check out this video also
@Jedimindset thanks for the links. You might want to check this out
William Cooper is also a very important name when it comes to the UFO conspiracy....he was an ex naval intelligence officer. If you thoroughly research is work, especially what he did closer to his death (gun downed by the fbi on his porch) ...you will see where this is all leading.
Yes i have read some of his works. As an ex naval intelligence officer was one of the most credible sources in conspiracies thats why the government eliminated him. Behold a Pale Horse is a great book. if you haven't read it yet i suggest you pick it up. Aliens, government coverups, Jfk, the moon and aliens the NWO, US concentration camps. He spoke about it all. thanks for the link.
Finally, after four decades, we are closer to be back to the Moon. tinyurl.com/fusion-powered-space-drive
@JediMindset I've heard about that book, but no book stores in my area carry it. Would love to read it though. Yeah he was a visionary.
yeah they on it on amazon if your interested. a visionary and true leader of exposing lies and giving the people the truth.